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The Black Keys release version of blues classic “Crawling Kingsnake” for upcoming ‘Delta Kream’ covers album

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The Black Keys have released a cover of the blues classic “Crawling Kingsnake,” previously recorded by artists including Big Joe Williams and John Lee Hooker.

The recording is the first preview of the duo’s upcoming album, Delta Kream, a Mississippi hill country blues covers compilation. 

“We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out,” says frontman Dan Auerbach. “These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day [drummer] Pat [Carney] and I started playing together and picked up our instruments.”

Delta Kream will be released May 14. You can download the “Crawling Kingsnake” cover now via digital outlets.

The Black Keys’ most recent original album is 2019’s “Let’s Rock”.

Here’s the Delta Kream track list:

“Crawling Kingsnake” (John Lee Hooker/Bernard Besman)
“Louise” (Fred McDowell)
“Poor Boy a Long Way from Home” (Robert Lee Burnside)
“Stay All Night” (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
“Going Down South” (Robert Lee Burnside)
“Coal Black Mattie” (Ranie Burnette)
“Do the Romp” (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
“Sad Days, Lonely Nights” (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
“Walk with Me” (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
“Mellow Peaches” (Joseph Lee Williams)
“Come on and Go with Me” (David Kimbrough, Jr.)

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