12 QUESTIONS WITH DAN AUERBACH

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Started recording records in our basement in about ’97 and still do to this day.

What inspired you to start playing guitar?
My family – especially my uncles who all played bluegrass guitar.

What was your first electric guitar?
It was a blue Teisco Del Rey with 4 silver pickups and six knobs. Played like shit but sounds real cool and I still use it.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
I Was Born To Preach The Gospel – Washington Phillips
Enter The 36 Chambers – Wu Tang Clan
Talking Timbuktu – Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder
Anything by Booker T and the MG’s
Carl And The Passions – Beach Boys

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Playing Carnegie Hall with Ray Davies was a nice moment but there have been too many to really just pick one.

How did you hear about Reverend?
The Internet, of course.

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
A Club King RT and a Flatroc – both with Gretsch style pickups.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
I like the layout among other things – it’s easy to play and they look pretty hip too.

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Too many to list. My favorites are the Analogman Sunface and anything by Earthquaker Devices (crazy delay and tremolo pedals).

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Not really, sorry.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Stop worrying your grandma and get a real job.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
The new Black Keys record, produced by Dangermouse, has just been finished and will come out on Nonesuch in North America on April 1st, 2008.