Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes
It's odd, but when the Greenhornes' name comes up it's usually in reference to somebody else. Initially, it was the Raconteurs because Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler were in the group, along with Brendan Benson and Jack White (White Stripes). A few years later, it was for working with Eric Burdon.
Burdon, frontman for the legendary '60s British Blues/Rock outfit, The Animals ("House Of The Rising Sun"), then briefly as War's vocalist (Spill The Wine"), hadn't recorded much of note since. But he did join Bruce Springsteen onstage at the '12 South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin for a rendition of The Animals' classic "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place."
Following the performance, Benson approached Burdon and said, 'Man, if you ever come to Nashville, I would love to get you into the studio with this band that I know." Burdon's response was 'let's do it."
The Greenhornes started as a high school Garage Rock band in Indiana before relocating to Cincinnati. Originally a quintet, the group soon was whittled down to vocalist/guitarist Craig Fox, Lawrence and Keeler.
They released their debut album "Gun For You" in '99, followed by a self-titled '01 album. A third studio album, "Dual Mono," dropped the next year. After a brief hiatus the Greenhornes returned in '05 with the EP, "East Grand Blues," and a compilation album, "Sewed Soles." It was during this time that Lawrence and Keeler hooked up with the Raconteurs.
After two Raconteurs albums, "Broken Boy Soldiers" released in '06 and "Consolers Of The Lonely" two years later, Lawrence and Keeler returned to the Greenhornes for the '10 album, "Four Stars."
Produced by Benson, "Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes," a four-song EP dropped on Record Store Day's Black Friday (11/23) in '12.
"In these Greenhornes sessions, he (Burdon) really came to life," noted Benson, a long-time Burdon fan. "Hearing his voice through the speakers- it's just such an honor and a thrill."
Greenhornes Studio Albums:
1999 Gun For You
2001 The Greenhornes
2002 Dual Mono
2010 Four Stars
2012 Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes EP