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You should be listening to The Black Keys!

The Black Keys are the amazing bluesy, rocking dynamic duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.  They formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio and have been compared to another bluesy power duo known by the name The White Stripes.

Their debut album, The Big Come Up, was released on 2002 and followed up with Thickfreakness in 2003.  2004 saw the release of Rubber Factory.

Much like other artist of today, The Black Keys music has gained commercial recognition from T.V. shows, commercial advertising, and the silver screen. 

 T.V. Shows:

  • The O.C.
  • Big Love
  • Rescue Me
  • Dexter
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • One Tree Hill
  • Gossip Girl
  • Entourage
  • Friday Night Lights

 Advertisements:

  • Sony Ericsson
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • American Express

Movies:

  • Cloverfield
  • School of Rock
  • Zombie Land
  • Black Snake Moan
  • RocknRolla

Their fourth album, Magic Potion, was released in 2006 along with the EP Chulahoma.  In 2007 they released the Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release.  This was the first album that they released that was produced in an actual studio.

The Black Keys Discography:

  • The Big Come Up
  • Thickfreakness
  • The Moan (EP)
  • Rubber factory
  • Magic Potion
  • Chulahoma (EP)
  • Attack & Release
  • Brothers (Set to release May 2010)

The boys have toured with bands such as Pearl Jam, Beck, and Radiohead.  In addition to both critical and commercial success, they have quite a few fans that are in the business.  Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Them Crooked Vultures & Queens of the Stone Age), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) have all gone on record extolling the greatness of The Black Keys.

Top 5 The Black Keys Songs:

  1. Oceans& Streams (Attack & Release)
  2. Set You Free (Thickfreakness)
  3. Girl Is On My Mind (Rubber Factory)
  4. I Got Mine (Attack & Release)
  5. Strange Times (Attack & Release)

Musically, there is a raw, emotional connectivity that is heavily influenced by the blues.  The amazing thing about the group is how much sound they can produce between the two of them. 

Check out The Black Keys at www.theblackkeys.com.

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 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne burst on to the music scene in 2004 with his debut “Trouble”.  The title track was one of the biggest surprises to hit the music scene that year.  He has had his songs used in several movies, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “The Last Kiss”, and “I Love You, Man”  He has also had songs in the Dennis Leary television show “Rescue Me” and “House M.D.”

 With a voice that is wrapped equally in pain and sandpaper, Ray is able to communicate his stories of love and loss, leaving and being left, and the myriad of emotions that run in between. 

 It is the emotion and urgency of both his vocals and his lyrics that draw you in to his songs as he makes no attempt to reach out to you.  His music is sparse and the words and his vocals carry most of his songs even though it is barely a whisper.

 On his most recent release “Gossip in the Grain” Ray, is joined in the studio by his touring band which is a big departure from the largely solo work of his first two releases.

 Ray LaMontagne Discography

  • Trouble
  • Till The Sun Turns Black
  • Gossip in the Grain

 Top 5 Ray LaMontagne Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Empty (Till The Sun Turns Black)
  2. How Come (Trouble)
  3. Jolene (Trouble)
  4. Let It Be Me (Gossip in the Grain)
  5. Three More Days (Till The Sun Turns Back)

 Check out Ray LaMontagne and let me know what you think.

 Ray LaMontagne’s music is available on iTunes, some record stores and www.raylamontagne.com.

  Great music awaits!