Greenhornes drummer gets around

Theoretically, Patrick Keeler should be the most schizophrenic drummer in modern rock. With bassist Jack Lawrence, he anchors two bands — Jack White’s side project The Raconteurs and his 14-year-old trio The Greenhornes (with frontman Craig Fox). And he is a session regular at White’s bustling Nashville, Tenn., studio and label Third Man, where he just wrapped the upcoming Wanda Jackson comeback. Third Man is issuing the Greenhornes’ fourth salvo — the shrewdly titled “****” — on CD and a limited vinyl run in four different colors.

Is it tough remembering which band you are playing in from day to day? Ha! No, absolutely, I really can! And I admit it, I have been fortunate enough to play in a lot of cool bands.

You are so busy with Third Man assignments, how did you find time to regroup The Greenhornes? Well, there was no reason to break up the band or stop it — it’s too much fun, and we’ve all known each other since we were kids. And honestly, we started recording this album a few years ago, in between the two Raconteurs records. Craig is still living in Cincinnati, and Jack (Lawrence) and I are living in Nashville, so when we could get up there or he could come down, we gradually finished it, with different engineers mixing it. So it took us a lot longer to get it out than we’d hoped. All told, it was probably a month of work, stretched out over a couple of years.

And you backed Loretta Lynn on her recent album? Yes, and that was amazing. It was a great opportunity to be in the studio with her, and one of the first times I recorded in Nashville too. And Wanda Jackson was really cool too. Her record turned out so good, and in person she’s really a hoot.

Is there a Jack White bat phone in your house, so he can alert you to new sessions? Yeah! And a bat signal in the sky with the Third Man logo! But some of it is more a case of just, “Are you around?” And if I am, I’ll cruise on over because we live really close to each other. And that’s how I’ve always played music — it happens as it happens.

How do you like Nashville? I love it. I have a really, really nice house, and my girlfriend and I are definitely into nesting. And everybody’s just really friendly here, and nobody honks. And it’s not like I’m a full-fledged Nashville session musician yet. But, hey, I’m available!

IF YOU GO

The Greenhornes

Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Tickets: $15

Contact:
(415) 771-1421, www.ticketweb.com

artsentertainmentJack WhitemusicPop Music & Jazz

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) starts against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 11, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Giants finish sweep of Rockies behind DeSclafani’s scoreless outing

Even with fans back at Oracle Park, San Francisco Giants pitchers have… Continue reading

Kindergarten teacher Chris Johnson in his classroom at Bryant Elementary School ahead of the school’s reopening on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD students are going back to the classroom

After more than a year of distance learning, city schools begin reopening on Monday

Keith Zwölfer, director of education for SFFILM, stays busy connecting filmmakers and studios with public, private and home schools<ins>.</ins><ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) </ins>
Streamlined SF film festival focuses on family features

In the early days of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the… Continue reading

“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
A Passover journey toward something different

It was nice to see my family, and I look forward to reconnecting with friends

Oakland A’s left fielder Tony Kemp fielded a fly but missed the catch in the April 5 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Oakland Coliseum. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Bay Area sports for week of April 11, 2021

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject… Continue reading

Most Read