I’m still working my way through my initial listen of Dan Auerbach’s first solo album, Keep it Hid, and what can I say? It’s Dan from the Black Keys. It’s gritty, bluesy rock with that same voice, the one of a battle tested, old soul with a prize fighter’s resilience, and the same guitar work: One moment it’s blazing with intensity, and the next, it’s carrying the heft of a thousand heartbreaks.

This time around, he’s got a backing band, and a bunch of friends helping out, including members of Hacienda, and local songstress done good, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and, let’s be honest here, from what I’ve taken in, it’s pretty sweet.

Even sweeter, I’ve teamed with my friends at Sneak Attack Media to offer one of you the chance to win a copy of Dan Auerbach’s Keep it Hid on wonderful vinyl. The gatefold package also includes a cd copy of the album.

In order to enter, please send an email to irockcleveland at gmail dot com with the subject line “Sweet Auerbach Vinyl,” and whether or not you’d like to opt in to his mailing list. It’s simple, really, you can say, “Just the wax,” or “Sign me up.” Either way, you’re entered. The contest will be open one week with the winner being notified via email no later than Wednesday, February 11th.

P4kTV: Dan Auerbach – Trouble Weighs a Ton
QUICKTIME: Dan Auerbach – Trouble Weighs a Ton
STREAM: Dan Auerbach – My Last Mistake

Keep it Hid will be out next Tuesday, February 10th, on Nonesuch Records. Auerbach will be touring in support of the album with Alive Records Artist, Hacienda, as his backing band, with a Cleveland date scheduled for March 5th at the Beachland Ballroom.

Dan Auerbach on Tour:
Feb 28 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC, Washington DC
Mar 1 – Paradise Club – Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 2 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
Mar 3 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
Mar 5 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 6 – Metro – Chicago, Illinois
Mar 7 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 10 – The Showbox – Seattle, Washington
Mar 11 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
Mar 13 – Bimbo’s – San Francisco, California
Mar 14 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, California

Dan Auerbach
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