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"I had broken my shoulder about a month earlier, and I was pretty laid up, so I was just sitting in a chair when Michelle walked in," says Carney.
"Everyone else was doing a bunch of blow, and we were the only ones not talking a thousand miles a minute.
That's when we really got to know each other."Then came that question: She told him what had happened, and a month later, sent him demos of her newest work, asking for his guidance as a producer.
"I'm not going to lie: I was nervous, because I thought she was really cool," says Carney, "but I wouldn't have worked on something I didn't like." Branch signed with Verve Records, drawn in by the label's indie spirit. '" Carney financed the album himself, and for the better part of a year, Branch, Carney, and Gus Seyffert (a bass player and Carney collaborator who came on as a producer) went rogue, developing an album that the president of Verve had rejected.
But I liked her voice."Cut to 2015: The Black Keys had released eight studio albums and skyrocketed to fame as genre-hopping mavericks.
That February, Carney and his then-wife were hosting a Grammy party at the Chateau Marmont.
Branch named it after this "ratty, beaded" thing given to her by Steve Poltz, she says, an indie guitarist and frequent Jewel collaborator whom she met backstage at a Lisa Loeb concert. (She and Owen remain close with Landau.) "I had no shortage of material," says Branch.
Branch began writing and composing her own music at 14, after her parents bought her a guitar for her birthday. The lead single, "Everywhere," a full-throated, shout-it-from-the-rooftops love song, quickly burrowed into the teen consciousness and ascended the Billboard charts, where it stayed for 20 weeks.
She had over two albums' worth of songs after a short-lived stint as part of a country duo with her former backup singer, Jessica Harp.
(Called The Wreckers, the pair earned a Grammy nomination in 2007.) But she couldn't salvage that material: she was told it was too pop to be country by some, but too country to be pop by others.
Execs kept telling her what an "asset" she was to the company, but she had started to feel more and more like a line item. It even happened recently, says Branch, when she read a music blog headline that strained to mention them in the same breath: . For another a month each, they could afford cable.
Their two sources of entertainment became MTV and beer.