The Black Keys Announce Blues Covers Album, Share “Crawling Kingsnake”

Covers album ‘Delta Kream’ will feature The Black Keys at their most stripped down since before they broke big.

I’d never describe The Black Keys as a slickly produced band. I’m sure the psychedelic stuff on Turn Blue required some interesting studio tricks, but by and large we’ve known them as a bluesy indie-rock duo ever since their mainstream breakthrough with “Tighten Up”. But our first taste of Delta Kream finds them sounding as raw as they have since even before the late 00’s music blogosphere took notice of these Akron, Ohio boys. Here are some snippets from the press release about the new record.

The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others.  Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover…

Auerbach says of the album, “We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out. These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day Pat and I started playing together and picked up our instruments. It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs. It felt so natural.”

Carney concurs, “The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed. We recorded the entire album in about ten hours, over two afternoons, at the end of the ‘Let’s Rock’ tour.”

The Black Keys played with John Lee Hooker’s version of “Crawling Kingsnake” for the lead single. You can hear it below in either the short or full version, depending on how much time ya got.

Full Version

And thank you to The Black Keys for not making us wait too long for the full album. Delta Kream drops May 14.