Photo by Brian Lowe
Back on June 14, Dan Auerbach performed two short sets of material mostly from his latest solo album, Waiting on a Song, for KCRW’s Apogee Sessions. The visit to the Santa Monica College’s long-running live series featured a first-half opener of the record’s title track, as Auerbach was joined onstage by song collaborator and mandolinist Pat McLaughlin. “King of a One Horse Town,” followed, with McLaughlin providing harmony vocals throughout the evening, as the pair offered “Never in My Wildest Dreams” and “Livin’ in Sin” marking the close of the initial set.
Auerbach sat for an intermission interview with host Jason Bentley, discussing the Black Keys guitarist’s move to Nashville, spotlighting the various players on the sessions that he said included the recording of hundreds of songs, and the guest appearance via email by Mark Knopfler. While not ruling out performing in support of the record, Auerbach said he has no plans at this time to tour, but may schedule a few shows.
The second set began with “Trouble Waits for You” and “Stand By My Girl,” before Auerbach dipped back to his solo debut for “Trouble Weighs a Ton.” A sing-along chorus with the 200 invited guests in attendance highlighted the closer “Shine on Me,” then an encore, without McLaughlin, of “Goin’ Home.” The performance was recorded and videotaped for broadcast on KCRW scheduled for July 6.