Akron’s favourite sons (not named LeBron James), The Black Keys, have announced the release of a new blues cover album called Delta Kream, and gave their fan club a preview of the album by dropping their own take on John Lee Hooker’s ‘Crawling King Snake’.
If you want to listen to ‘Crawling King Snake’, you’ll have to sign up for the band’s fan club page. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until May 14th to hear it and the other ten tracks on the album like the rest of us. In the meantime, check out The Doors version below for a preview of how to properly blend blues and rock.
The album, which will pay tribute to classic American bluesmen like R. L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell, will be the Keys’ first release since their comeback LP Let’s Rock back in 2019. Comfortably slotted as alt-rock starlets by this point, it seems like Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney can release just about whatever they want, whenever they want.
They’re an established institution, and the days of hearing ‘Lonely Boy’ or ‘Tighten Up’ on pop radio are over, so it makes sense that the duo are leaning into their influences and ageing gracefully into the role of elder statesmen.
Auerbach and Carney must have a pretty deep affinity for obscure guitarist Junior Kimbrough, as nearly half the album contains interpretations of his songs. The band already released a seven-song tribute EP to the artist back in 2006, and now they could compile an entire full-length LP of the man’s work if they wanted to.
I’m sure somewhere out in Tennessee, blues snob Jack White’s spidey sense is going off, making him pissed off for a reason he can’t quite put his finger on. Mr White, here’s a hint: it’s this album.
Delta Kream is set for a May 14th release. For now, check out The Doors cover of ‘Crawling King Snake’.