Akron: Fans, family on Black Keys' big Grammy success

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AKRON -- The Black Keys went home from the Grammys as the night's biggest winners.

The duo who started in Akron aren't finished yet.

"Winning a Grammy...it allows you to do more of the thing that you love to do, which is make music. So that really is their reward," said Chuck Auerbach, the father of singer Dan Auerbach in a phone interview.

"I'm glad Dan can keep doing what he loves to do."

Their new album El Camino and song "Lonely Boy" swept the rock categories. Auerbach got a fourth as producer of the year.

The group also performed with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

From those who knew them when in Akron, to see the group succeed on the national stage is great. Seeing them remember their roots is even better.

Drummer Patrick Carney thanked "everybody in Akron, Ohio," while on stage.

"That just kind of shows what kind of a class act they really are. They haven't forgotten where they came from," said Jim Dauphin, an art instructor Firestone High School who taught both men.

Now the Black Keys are part of the Alumni Hall of Fame. Students were buzzing about last night's performance.

And Akron's WAPS 91.3 the Summit was proudly the first radio station in the area to play their tunes.

"Pat's mom actually brought us the very first copy of 'The Big Come Up' and said, 'Hey, my son's in this band,'" said Andrew James, director of operations for the station. "'Give it a listen, see what you think,' and you know it was on from there."

Akron has stayed close to the band's hearts.

"Dan and Pat could do stuff in their own way, and it worked. That was the great thing about growing up in Akron," said Chuck Auerbach, adding that in other, larger cities, bands feel a need to fit the mold.

"Even with the album cover art that they've done, they've picked landmarks to feature, they really remember where they are from," said James. "They haven't forgotten it which is cool."

What those who love their music can't forget is that unique sound built in the basement and now on the world's stage.

"You know, you have a sense that they're going to be productive for a lot of years to come. They've got a lot more music in them. And I'm looking forward to it all," said Garrett Hart, creative content director for WAPS.

Channel 3 News talked to both families Monday. The Auerbachs traveled to Los Angeles for the show.

Pat Carney's parents, Jim Carney, a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal, and Mary Buckley-Stormer, were watching the show Sunday night from Akron.

"The boys have been working together for a long time. Their strong work ethic comes from their Akron roots. I think that's the foundation for their success," said Buckley-Stormer. "We're so proud of them and all they do for others."



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