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17 May 2021

Watch: The Black Keys Perform Songs From New Covers Album

The Black Keys 2021
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The Black Keys brought the blues to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, performing Crawling Kingsnake and Going Down South from their new album, Delta Kream. Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney – joined here by Kenny Brown on guitar, drummer Patrick Carney, bassist Eric Deaton and percussionist Sam Bacco – were captured playing at the Blue Front Café, a historic establishment in the history of Mississippi delta blues.

Crawling Kingsnake, a John Lee Hooker cover, and Going Down South, by RL Burnside, give fans a taster of Delta Kream – released last week on Nonesuch. It’s The Black Keys’ first full-length release since their ninth studio album, 2019’s Let’s Rock. The 11-track record sees the pair paying tribute to their blues inspirations, including Ranie Burnette, Junior Kimbrough and Big Joe Williams.

Since forming in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have become one of the biggest rock bands out there. Their first four albums – The Big Come Up (2002), Thickfreakness (2003), Rubber Factory (2004) and Magic Potion (2006) – were self-recorded and produced, with the band’s fanbase growing with each album. Since signing to Nonesuch, the band have exploded with a string of hit albums – Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011) and Turn Blue (2014). Along the way they’ve won four Grammy awards and have played sold-out shows worldwide, while Turn Blue earned them their first US No 1 album. In 2015, they took a break to work on side projects and produce other artists (Auerbach helming albums by Lana Del Rey, Tony Joe White and The Pretenders, among many more). They returned in 2019 with the hugely successful Let’s Rock before turning their hand to hillbilly blues covers with Delta Kream.

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