Daily Distraction: Watch the Black Keys perform blues song 'Crawling Kingsnake'
The Akron-originating duo announced 'Delta Kream,' a new album of blues covers out May 14
Akron expats Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have never shied away from the blues music they loved from childhood, incorporating those touchstones into the Black Keys from the get-go. So it only makes sense the duo would record an album of blues covers, Delta Kream, out May 14 on Nonesuch Records.
The pair recorded Delta Kream at Easy Eye Sound, Auerbach's Nashville studio, alongside Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, who played with R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, two bluesmen who have heavily influenced the Black Keys. "This is the Mississippi hill country sound that Pat and I first bonded over," Auerbach said in a press release.
Check out the video for the duo's cover of "Crawling Kingsnake" (a song credited to Big Joe Williams and popularized by John Lee Hooker) below, which was filmed at Jimmy Duck Holmes’ Blue Front Café in Yazoo County, Mississippi, purportedly the oldest active juke joint in the country.