Carney and Ward invited 350 guests, including bandmate Dan Auerbach and professional snowboarder Shaun White, who was later arrested and charged with vandalism and public intoxication at a hotel in Nashville after the wedding reception. In 2015, Carney met Michelle Branch at a Grammy party, and the two started dating during the production of Branch's album Hopeless Romantic, which Carney produced.
On February 13, 2011, hours before the Grammys in Los Angeles, CA, Carney proposed to his girlfriend, Emily Ward.
They married on September 15, 2012, in the backyard of their Nashville home.
Carney's father, Jim, was a drummer for Chet Atkins. After Carney's parents divorced when he was 6, he lived part of the time with his mother, Mary Stormer, and part of the time with his father, Jim Carney, who had moved to a different neighborhood on the west side of Akron, Ohio.
His mother, Mary Stormer, is an Akron Municipal Court deputy clerk and is a former member of the Akron Board of Education. Dan Auerbach also lived in this neighborhood, and the two met and played tag football with Auerbach's friends, although they did not become friends until high school.
“I luckily have a very wonderful ex-husband, and I can say that, and I know a lot of people in my shoes can’t,” Branch says. Everyone enters a relationship with the best of intentions, and we grew apart.
Having our daughter together was really the balancing factor when everything was kind of coming to a close,” she says.
In 2009, Carney joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to support independent musicians' careers.
Carney has produced records for Beaten Awake, Houseguest, Churchbuilder, and The Black Keys. In 2009, while fellow Black Keys member Dan Auerbach was on his solo tour, Carney formed a new band called Drummer in which he played bass.
Each of the band's members had played drums in another band.
They released Feel Good Together, their debut album in the same year.
This was followed by Thickfreakness in 2003 and Rubber Factory in 2004.