The Black Keys Announce 10th Album 'Delta Kream,' Drop 'Crawling Kingsnake' Single: Listen

The Black Keys
Allyse Gafkjen

The Black Keys

The Black Keys announced Thursday (April 15) that they will release their 10th studio album Delta Kream on May 14 via Nonesuch Records.

The Mississippi hill country blues cover album celebrates the Akron, Ohio-based duo's roots while paying homage to the classics that influenced their career, from R. L. Burnside's "Poor Boy a Long Way From Home" and "Going Down South" to John Lee Hooker's "Crawling Kingsnake," which serves as the first single out now (listen below).

Delta Kream also includes five covers dedicated to late blues legend Junior Kimbrough, who also recorded under Fat Possum Records and served as the inspiration for The Black Keys' 2006 EP Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough. Their covers of Burnside's "Busted" and Kimbrough’s "Do The Romp" were featured on their 2006 debut album The Big Come Up.

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded the 11-track project at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, where the two were joined by Burnside's guitarist Kenny Brown and Kimbrough bassist Eric Deaton, whose original work inspired Delta Kream. The name of the album finds its own inspiration from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that also doubles as the LP's cover art. 

"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," Auerbach said in a press statement. "It was a very inspiring session with Pat and I along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs. It felt so natural."

Carney added, "The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed. We recorded the entire album in about 10 hours, over two afternoons at the end of the Let’s Rock tour."

Delta Kream is a follow-up to their 2019 album Let's Rock, which earned The Black Keys their fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart.

Check out their rendition of "Crawling Kingsnake" and the Delta Kream track list below, and pre-order the album here.

Delta Kream track list: 

"Crawling Kingsnake" (John Lee Hooker cover)
"Louise" (Mississippi Fred McDowell cover)
"Poor Boy a Long Way From Home" (R. L. Burnside cover)
"Stay All Night" (Junior Kimbrough cover)
"Going Down South" (R. L. Burnside cover)
"Coal Black Mattie" (Ranie Burnette cover)
"Do the Romp" (Junior Kimbrough cover)
"Sad Days, Lonely Nights" (Junior Kimbrough cover)
"Walk with Me" (Junior Kimbrough cover)
"Mellow Peaches" (Big Joe Williams cover)
"Come on and Go with Me" (Junior Kimbrough cover)