Patrick Carney

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Patrick Carney
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Carney performing in 2014
Background information
Birth namePatrick James Carney
Also known asThe Salesman, Chilli con Carney
Born (1980-04-15) April 15, 1980 (age 39)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
  • keyboards
Years active2000–present
Associated acts

Patrick James Carney (born April 15, 1980) is an American musician and producer. Carney serves as the drummer for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio. He is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Black Keys American rock band

The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.

Blues rock is a fusion genre combining elements of blues and rock. It is mostly an electric ensemble-style music with instrumentation similar to electric blues and rock: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, often with Hammond organ. From its beginnings in the early- to mid-1960s, blues rock has gone through several stylistic shifts and along the way it inspired and influenced hard rock, Southern rock, and early heavy metal. Blues rock continues to be an influence in the 2010s, with performances and recordings by popular artists.

Akron, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Akron is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Summit County. It is located on the western edge of the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Cleveland. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the city proper had a total population of 197,846, making it the 119th-largest city in the United States. The Greater Akron area, covering Summit and Portage counties, had an estimated population of 703,505.


Early life

Carney's father, Jim, is a retired longtime reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal and a music lover whom Carney credits with introducing him to various genres. His mother, Mary Stormer, is Civil Accounts Supervisor for Akron Municipal Clerk of Court and is a former member of the Akron Board of Education. His stepmother, Katie Byard Carney, is a longtime reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal. His stepfather, Barry Stormer, owns B. A. Stormer Construction Services. Carney has three brothers, William, who is an Amtrak supervisor, and Michael, a graphic artist who has created the art for each of the Black Keys albums and in 2017 launched the Central High Tshirt line. Barry Stormer Jr., Capital Markets analyst for Keycorp. Carney's uncle, Ralph Carney, was a professional sax player, and played with Tom Waits, among others. Ralph died in December, 2017, after falling down steps in his Portland, Oregon, home. After Carney's parents divorced when he was 6, he lived part of the time with his mother, Mary Stormer, and part of the time with his father, Jim Carney, who had moved to a different neighborhood in West Akron, Ohio. Dan Auerbach lived around the block in this neighborhood, and the two met and played tag football with Auerbach's friends, although Patrick and Auerbach did not become friends until high school. Carney stated in an interview with Modern Drummer that he never took drum lessons as a kid, but learned by mimicking friends that were also drummers, using a $150 drumset that he bought using money earned from a job washing dishes at the Mustard Seed grocery and cafe in an Akron suburb, Bath Township. [1] As a teenager, Carney was musically influenced by bands such as Pavement, Captain Beefheart and fellow Akron band Devo. [2]

<i>Akron Beacon Journal</i> American newspaper

The Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States. Owned by GateHouse Media, it is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper's coverage focuses on local news. The Beacon Journal has won four Pulitzer Prizes: in 1968, 1971, 1987 and 1994.

Ralph Carney American musician

Ralph Carney was an American singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. While his primary instruments were various saxophones and clarinets, Carney also collected and played many instruments, often unusual or obscure ones.

Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor

Thomas Alan Waits is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and actor. Waits' music is characterized by his distinctive deep, gravelly singing voice and lyrics focusing on the underside of U.S. society. During the 1970s, he worked primarily in jazz, but since the 1980s his music has reflected greater influence from blues, vaudeville, and experimental genres.

Music career

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Carney playing with The Black Keys in 2010

In 2001 Carney and Auerbach, lead singer and guitarist, formed The Black Keys, releasing their debut album The Big Come Up less than a year later. This was followed by Thickfreakness in 2003 and Rubber Factory in 2004. The band's fourth album Magic Potion was released in 2006. Attack & Release , their critically acclaimed fifth album was released in 2008, with a follow up in 2010 titled Brothers . In 2011, the band released the album El Camino . The band's latest album is Turn Blue , released in 2014. They released their first single in five years, "Lo/Hi", on March 7th, 2019.

<i>The Big Come Up</i> 2002 studio album by The Black Keys

The Big Come Up is the debut studio album by the American rock duo The Black Keys, released in May 14, 2002 on Alive Records.

<i>Thickfreakness</i> 2003 studio album by The Black Keys

Thickfreakness is the second studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys, released in 2003. It is their debut release for the Fat Possum record label, although in the UK and Europe it was co-released by Epitaph Records.

<i>Rubber Factory</i> 2004 studio album by The Black Keys

Rubber Factory is the third studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was self-produced by the band and was released on September 7, 2004, on Fat Possum Records. The album was recorded in an abandoned tire-manufacturing factory in the group's hometown of Akron, Ohio. Rubber Factory received positive reviews and was the band's first album to chart on the Billboard 200 in the United States, reaching number 143.

Music Producer

Carney currently produces and writes music out of his Nashville based recording studio, Audio Eagle. He has produced a range of artists from various musical backgrounds including The Black Keys, Michelle Branch, Calvin Johnson [3] , Tennis, The Sheepdogs, Beaten Awake, Houseguest, Churchbuilder, Jessy Wilson [4] , and *repeat repeat [5] .

Audio Eagle Records

Audio Eagle Studio is a recording studio opened in 2001 by musician Patrick Carney. The studio was located in Akron, Ohio and consisted mostly of a digital 12-track recorder. It went through many incarnations and configurations and was mainly used to record the first four The Black Keys albums. In 2010, the studio was relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.

Michelle Branch American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. She won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals with Santana for "The Game of Love".

Calvin Johnson (musician) American musician

Calvin Johnson is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, music producer, and disc jockey born in Olympia, Washington. Known for his uniquely deep and droning singing voice, Johnson was a founding member of the bands Cool Rays, Beat Happening, The Go Team and The Halo Benders.

Audio Eagle Studio

Audio Eagle Studio is a recording studio opened in 2001 by Carney. The studio was located in Akron, Ohio and consisted mostly of a digital 12-track recorder. It went through many incarnations and configurations and was mainly used to record the first four The Black Keys albums. In 2010, the studio was relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville, Tennessee State capital and consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 691,243. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 667,560 in 2017.

Serious Boredom on Sirius XMU

Carney hosts a monthly radio show on Sirius XMU called Serious Boredom with Patrick Carney.


SiriusXMU is an indie pop, indie rock, unsigned artist music channel on XM Satellite Radio channel 35.

Vice News Tonight

Carney had a segment on HBO's news show, "Vice News Tonight", titled "Patrick Carney's High Standards Music Corner" where he listens to and judges new songs.

Other Musical Ventures

In 2009, while fellow Black Keys member Dan Auerbach was on his solo tour, Carney formed a new band called Drummer in which he played bass. Each of the band's members had played drums in another band. They released Feel Good Together, their debut album in the same year. Carney is the drummer on The Rentals' 2014 album Lost in Alphaville . [6] Carney also contributed the main title music to the 2014 Netflix show BoJack Horseman . In 2017, Carney contributed music to the soundtrack of BoJack Horseman .

Personal life

Patrick Carney, playing at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, on September 21, 2010. Patrick Carney at the H.O.B. in New Orleans, LA - Sept. 21, 2010.JPG
Patrick Carney, playing at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, on September 21, 2010.

Carney, living in Akron, Ohio, married writer Denise Grollmus, in 2007. [7] The two had dated for several years, since Grollmus was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio and Carney and Dan Auerbach launched the Black Keys. The couple divorced in 2009. Both talked about the messy breakup in the media, Patrick in Rolling Stone 's May 27, 2010, issue and Grollmus in an essay - "Snapshots From a Rock 'N' Roll Marriage", published in Salon on March 3, 2011. [8]

In 2010, Carney and his bandmate, Dan Auerbach, moved from Akron, OH, and purchased homes in Nashville, TN. [9] They recorded their El Camino album at Auerbach's newly completed Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound Studio.

Carney married Emily Ward, whom he had met while living in New York City, on September 15, 2012, in the backyard of their Nashville home. [10] The wedding ceremony was officiated by actor Will Forte. [11] Karen Elson, a singer and ex-wife of Jack White of the White Stripes and a Nashville resident who was friends with Carney and Ward, sang at the wedding. The wedding party included Ward's siblings Danielle Shuster and Henry Ward, Carney's brothers Will Carney, Michael Carney, and Barry Stormer, and the couple's Irish wolfhound, Charlotte. Wearing Carolina Herrera, Ward walked down the aisle to Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells. Carney and Ward invited 350 guests, including bandmate Dan Auerbach and professional snowboarder Shaun White, who was later arrested and charged with vandalism and public intoxication at a hotel in Nashville after the wedding reception. [12] [13] Carney and Ward divorced in January 2016. Ward, a California native, had moved to Los Angeles by that time.

In 2015, Carney met Michelle Branch at a Grammy party, and the two started dating during the production of Branch's album Hopeless Romantic , which Carney produced. [14] On Michelle's birthday, July 2, 2017, he proposed and Branch accepted. [15] On February 11, 2018, Michelle Branch announced that she and Carney are expecting their first child. The baby was born in August 2018, named Rhys James Carney. [16] [17] Carney and Michelle live in Nashville with their children and two Irish wolfhounds, the aforementioned Charlotte, and Darla. Carney and Branch married in April 2019. [18]


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Dan Auerbach American musician

Daniel Quine Auerbach is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio. As a member of the band, Auerbach has recorded and co-produced eight studio albums with his bandmate Patrick Carney. In 2009, Auerbach released a solo album entitled Keep It Hid. He released another solo album in 2017, entitled Waiting on a Song. In addition to winning several Grammy Awards as a member of the Black Keys, Auerbach received the 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for co-producing his band's 2011 album, El Camino, and for producing records by Dr. John and Hacienda.

<i>Live in Austin, TX</i> (The Black Keys album) 2006 live album (official bootleg) by The Black Keys

Live In Austin, TX is the first live album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was published as an electronic for podcast by Austin, Texas based Jumper Productions. This is derived from the 10,000 piece limited Thickfreakness In Austin music DVD-video released by the same company on September 7, 2004. Unlike the edited version available on the DVD, this audio version is full-length. The concert was recorded on October 24, 2003 at Austin's Emo's as part of the Thickfreakness U.S. tour. Near the end of "Them Eyes" a young woman from the audience suddenly climbed on stage and started to dance near the performers. Quickly after the song's ending, guitarist Dan Auerbach switched roles from guitarist to lighthearted bouncer; he asked her off the stage with a quip "Hey girl, you play bass? What's up?".

<i>Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough</i> 2006 EP by The Black Keys

Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough is an EP by American rock duo The Black Keys. Essentially a tribute album, it is a collection of the band's cover versions of songs by Fat Possum Records bluesman Junior Kimbrough, who died in 1998. The title is a Choctaw word for red fox and is a reference to Chulahoma, Mississippi, location of "Junior's Place", a juke joint bought by Kimbrough around 1992 and operated after his death by his sons until it burned down on April 6, 2000

Hard Row single by The Black Keys

"Hard Row" is a single by American blues-rock duo The Black Keys from their second album Thickfreakness. The song, along with the rest of Thickfreakness, was recorded in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on a 1980 8-track recorder. The lyrics were written by Chuck Auerbach and bandmember Dan Auerbach, and the music composed by both members of the band.

<i>Attack & Release</i> 2008 studio album by The Black Keys

Attack & Release is the fifth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was produced by Danger Mouse and was released on April 1, 2008. The sessions saw the band transitioning away from their "homemade" ethos to record-making; not only was it the first time that the band completed an album in a professional studio, but it was also the first time they hired an outside producer to work on a record.

<i>Brothers</i> (The Black Keys album) 2010 studio album by The Black Keys

Brothers is the sixth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. Co-produced by the group, Mark Neill, and Danger Mouse, it was released on May 18, 2010 on Nonesuch Records. Brothers was the band's commercial breakthrough, as it sold over 73,000 copies in the United States in its first week and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, their best performance on the chart to that point.

Set You Free (The Black Keys song) 2003 song performed by The Black Keys

"Set You Free" is a single by American blues rock duo The Black Keys from their second album, Thickfreakness. It was recorded in Patrick Carney's basement at his old house in Akron, Ohio. The song appears in the film School of Rock (2003) and the soundtrack album, as well as in the film I Love You, Man.

<i>Live at the Crystal Ballroom</i> 2008 video by The Black Keys

Live at the Crystal Ballroom is a concert video by American rock band The Black Keys. It was released on November 18, 2008 and was produced and directed by Lance Bangs. The concert was filmed on April 4, 2008 at their show in Portland, Oregon at the Crystal Ballroom.

<i>The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys EP</i> 2003 EP by The Black Keys

The Black Keys is a split-EP by Ohio band The Black Keys. Released in 2003, it featured "A Blueprint Of Something Never Finished" by The Six Parts Seven and three live tracks from The Black Keys. The live tracks are from a performance at WMBR on 16 May 2003.

Drummer is an indie rock band from Akron, Ohio. The band was founded by The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney who plays bass guitar. All the members of the band are drummers in other groups from Ohio.

A Touch Of Someone Else's Class is the second studio album, under the Alive Records label, by the Nashville, TN rock band, Black Diamond Heavies. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced this album while it was recorded at his Akron Analog Studio. Also, for the song "Bidin’ My Time", Black Diamond Heavies were joined by Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney.

<i>El Camino</i> (The Black Keys album) 2011 studio album by The Black Keys

El Camino is the seventh studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the group, and was released on Nonesuch Records on December 6, 2011. The record was the band's follow-up to their commercial breakthrough, Brothers (2010), and was their third collaboration with Danger Mouse. El Camino draws from popular genres of the 1950s to 1970s, such as rock and roll, glam rock, rockabilly, surf rock and soul. Danger Mouse contributed as a co-writer on each of the 11 songs alongside guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.

Little Black Submarines 2012 song performed by The Black Keys

"Little Black Submarines" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the fourth track from their 2011 studio album, El Camino, and was released as the album's fourth single on October 8, 2012. The song begins as a quiet acoustic ballad before transitioning to a loud, hard rock arrangement in the second half. Critics praised the song and called it one of the highlights from El Camino. The song was a success on rock radio, reaching number two on the Alternative Songs chart in the US and the Alternative Rock and Active Rock charts in Canada. The group filmed a music video with director Danny Clinch at the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge, a dive bar in Nashville, Tennessee. "Little Black Submarines" was certified gold in America.

Michael Carney is an American art director, sculptor, and photographer. He is best known for his extensive work with the rock band the Black Keys, for whom his brother Patrick is the drummer. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, Michael has been the band's art director from the beginning, designing all of the band's album art.

<i>Turn Blue</i> (album) 2014 studio album by The Black Keys

Turn Blue is the eighth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the band, and was released on Nonesuch Records on May 12, 2014. The record was the group's fourth collaboration with Danger Mouse, following their previous studio album, El Camino (2011), which was their biggest commercial and critical success to that point. For Turn Blue, Danger Mouse reprised his role from El Camino as an equal songwriting partner alongside guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.


"Lo/Hi" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It was released as a single on March 7, 2019.


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