The Blacks, a Chicago-based insurgent country music group, were formed in 1994 by singer/guitarist Danny McDonough, a former person in psychedelic hard rockers Cornmother, who quit the latter group after discovering the music of Hank Williams, Tom Waits, and Louis Armstrong. Teaching himself fundamental drumming and trumpeting abilities, he began composing songs on the four-track recorder; after almost a year, he fulfilled DePaul School symphonic music pupil and bassist Gina Dark at an area concert, and times later they performed together for the very first time. Within weeks Dark dropped away from DePaul, and after McDonough followed the surname Dark aswell, the couple started performing because the Dark Family, producing their live debut in past due 1995. After going right through some drummers, the group (today shortened to basically the Blacks) recruited Adam Emmenegger, learning to be a four-piece by adding guitarist Nora O’Connor; upon playing a huge selection of live schedules over the Midwest, the group agreed upon using the Bloodshot label, issuing its Eric “Roscoe” Ambel-produced debut, Dolly Horrorshow, in 1998. EXACTLY LIKE Home followed 2 yrs later.