With the members of Cincinnati’s Greenhornes engaged in all sorts of other projects during a five-year hiatus, fans were left to wonder whether the trio would ever return to active duty.
But drummer Patrick Keeler says that was never a real concern.
“We were working on a record,” Keeler, 35, says of the project that surfaced as “Four Stars” in 2010, the Greenhornes’ first new album in eight years. “Our geographic locations made it take a long time to get it together. And we didn’t really have a budget or a producer or anything. We were just kind of doing it on our own, so it took a long time.
“But we always knew we were going to have it come out, and we never thought we weren’t a band.”
In fact, the Greenhornes arguably became more famous while they were apart. While guitarist Craig Fox worked on a variety of things back in Cincinnati, Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence, who both reside in Nashville, were part of the Raconteurs with Jack White and Brendan Benson, a bona fide buzz band whose two albums were both Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Lawrence also worked with White in the subsequent Dead Weather, and White released the Greenhornes’ “Four Stars” on his Third Man Records label.
“It’s probably the most publicity we’ve ever had, because of that other stuff,” Keeler notes. “Pretty much every article mentioned (the Greenhornes), so it was good, in a way. I think a lot of people who hadn’t heard of us or were too young to see us before discovered us while we weren’t doing anything, so it worked out in its own strange way.”
The Greenhornes, Conspiracy of Owls and Hacienda perform Saturday, April 2, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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