PHOTOS: Dan Auerbach brings his Easy Eye Sound Revue to SF

Dan Auerbach and The Easy Eye Sound Revue, Dan Auerbach

Photos: Karen Goldman

SAN FRANCISCO — It became clear at Dan Auerbach‘s show at the Fillmore on Thursday, the second of two sold-out gigs, that the Black Keys’ guitarist was at some point in his life fascinated by the revue tours of the ’50s and ’60s.

Touting not only his first solo record since 2009’s Keep it Hid, but his own record label, Easy Eye Sound, he brought along three of his label’s artists (including two with San Francisco roots) and a plethora of session musicians for the old school-style performance that included many on-stage collaborations.

His own band, Dan Auerbach and The Easy Eye Sound Revue, included musicians who have backed legends: Keyboardist Bobby Wood and drummer Gene “Bubba” Christman played with Elvis Presley. Bassist Dave Roe backed Johnny Cash. Throughout the night, Auerbach said several times he was proud to share a stage with the musicians to whom he grew up listening.

The 23-song set, with its revolving door cast, focussed on Auerbach’s 2017 album, Waiting on a Song, as well as releases by Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets, Rod For Your Love, and Luisiana bluesman Robert FinleyGoing Platinum. The headliner’s label produced both of the other records.

Dan Auerbach and The Easy Eye Sound Revue, Robert Finley

Robert Finley performs at The Fillmore in San Francisco Feb. 15, 2018.

The set concluded with Finley joining Auerbach and his band on his gospel track “Get It While You Can” and Auerbach’s song “Going Home,” which the headliner said “was written while I was on tour. I wrote it in a hotel somewhere and wanted to be back in Akron. There wasn’t much there but I just wanted to be back there.”

San Francisco favorites Shannon and The Clams opened the show by performing songs from their latest, Onion, which was also produced by Auerbach’s label.

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