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The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.

The new album “Delta Kream” from America’s Most Trusted Band came out today and it already has everybody talking. Here are The Black Keys with “Going Down South,” the first of Two songs they will perform for A Late Show special today! Stick around tonight when Stephen Colbert will introduce Dan, Patrick, and the band for a special televised performance of their hot new single, “Crawling Kingsnake.” as well.

For their second performance on the A Late Show today, our friends The Black Keys jam out on their latest single, “Crawling Kingsnake,” from their new album “Delta Kream,” which is out now!

The album celebrates the band’s roots and features eleven Mississippi hill country blues songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Recorded at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, the album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover. Delta Kream features musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, and Sam Bacco on auxiliary percussion.

Dan Auerbach commented, We made Delta Kream to honour the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us  when we started 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. It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me, along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, in a circle playing these songs. It felt so natural.

We’ve also been working on so many new things at Easy Eye. We got a new Robert Finley record coming out called Sharecropper’s Son later this month, and we were on TV a little while ago with Aaron Frazer for his new album, Introducing…, that we recorded at the studio, and we’ve been working in the studio with Yola for her album Stand for Myself that’s due out in July. Everyone is really excited about that record. 

Delta Kream” is out now!

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The Black Keys are paying homage to the Mississippi hill country blues acts they grew up on with a new covers album titled, Delta KreamThe 11-track collection is set for release on May 14th.

Ohio’s Black Keys are a rare modern-day example of something a lot more common in the ’60s and early ’70s. They are a blues outfit that became a popular rock group. The Rolling Stones were the first to tread that path and opened countless young listeners with their early covers of Blues giants like Howlin’ WolfMuddy Waters, and the like. The Yardbirds came next, and while they probably never quite shook their blues band image, they managed to have quite a few hits and, of course, gave the world guitar greats Eric ClaptonJeff Beck and Jimmy Page. The Peter Green-led Fleetwood Mac followed – most people these days have no concept of the Mac’s roots in blues – while back in the States, where of course the blues was born, The Doors, who began life as a blues covers band, and the likes of Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs, were able to transcend their roots in a way that neither the Butterfield Blues Band nor Canned Heat were quite able too. 

For a decade before they hit the top of the charts worldwide with “Lonely Boy”, “Gold on The Ceiling” and their superb El Camino album, the Black Keys cut their teeth playing a heavy form of garage blues that was informed by the North Mississippi Hill country blues of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough as much as it was by the primal mid-western garage rock of the Stooges. By the time of their second album, “Thickfreakness”, they were signed to North Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records, the label that brought the music of Burnside and Kimbrough to the fore and helped shape a new blues consciousness that shared much with punk. 

Indeed Burnside, who had been active since the ’60s around Mississippi and Memphis, found fame via an album recorded in 1996 with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. That album, “A Ass Pocket of Whiskey“, which followed his first Fat Possum album, “Too Bad Jim“, took Burnside’s raw blues to new extremes. Still, they were extremes that his label mate and fellow North Mississippi bluesman, Junior Kimbrough, didn’t need the involvement of any wise-ass New York punks to reach. Kimbrough’s snaky, hypnotic, and loose blues was so raw that the Black Keys covered him on their first two albums, and when Iggy reformed the Stooges in the new century, the first tracks they released were on Fat Possum’s 2005 Junior Kimbrough tribute album “Sunday Nights the Songs Of Junior Kimbrough“.

Fat Possum’s Kimbrough covers record, of course, included the Black Keys. And when the Black Keys were leaving the label to sign to Nonesuch Records, they said goodbye with an entire EP of Kimbrough covers named Chulahoma after the area in which Kimbrough’s legendary backwoods juke joint Junior’s Place had been located.

Two albums into their Nonesuch contract, the Black Keys hit paydirt with El Camino. Their sound now incorporated stronger rock influences – indeed, both “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling” had a glammy stomp about them that suggested ’70s T-Rex. A couple of albums later and after a considerable break in which frontman Dan Auerbach established himself as a studio and record company owner and producer with his Easy Eye Sound imprint, the Keys return to their blues roots this month, with “Delta Kream“, which features new versions of multiple songs by both Burnside and Kimbrough and more.

Joining the two-piece Black Keys – Auerbach and long-time original partner Patrick Carney – for the new record is Kenny Brown. Brown is a guitarist steeped in the North Mississippi sound who grew up in the region and learned his skills at the feet of a local bluesman named Joe Callicott, who first recorded in the 1920s. Kenny Brown first played with Burnside in 1971 and spent decades as Burnside’s sideman and “adopted son.”

While Kenny Brown is best known as Burnside’s long-time lieutenant, he has released several solo records in the past. The title track of his first album, “Goin’ Back To Mississippi”, is this writer’s pick for best rockin’ blues number of the last 30 years or so . 

The Black Keys recorded Delta Kream as a quartet – Dan and Pat, sitting in a circle with Kenny and another white alumnus of the North Mississippi region, Eric Deaton, who cut his teeth playing Junior’s Place as a teenager. The album was cut live in the studio and captures the loose grooves of this particular type of blues in a way that hasn’t been caught since we lost both Kimbrough and Burnside (in 1998 and 2005, respectively.) The album features multiple tunes from Junior and RL Burnside and some tunes that influenced them, like John Lee Hookers‘ iconic “Crawling’ Kingsnake”, the album’s first single. The video, as seen here, features Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton alongside Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney .

The first single they have shared from the collection is a John Lee Hooker track called “Crawling Kingsnake.” Auerbach recalls first hearing the original version “in high school,” but feels their interpretation is “definitely Junior Kimbrough’s take on it. It’s almost a disco riff!”

The Black Keys from the album “Delta Kream“. Pre-order new album Delta Kream out May 14th via Nonesuch Records:


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The Black Keys are returning to their roots with a new blues covers album titled “Delta Kream”, out May 14th via Nonesuch Records. Auerbach and Carney’s interpretation of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ is now available to stream by signing up to The Black Keys’ online fan club here. Teasing their new project, the pair tweeted a link to the old version of the song last week 

The announcement (via Reddit) was made through the band’s Lonely Boys & Girls fan club. The 11-track collection honours Mississippi Hill Country blues artists who inspired The Black Keys, including John Lee Hooker, R. L. Burnside, and David “Junior” Kimbrough

The lead single, “Crawling Kingsnake”, is a John Lee Hooker cover. It is currently available as a fan club exclusive and will hit streaming services on Thursday. Delta Kream marks The Black Keys’ follow-up to 2019’s “Let’s Rock”. Earlier this year, they released a 10th anniversary deluxe edition of “Brothers”. The Black Keys marked the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed sixth album ‘Brothers’ with a special deluxe edition in January. Originally released in 2010, the LP contains the songs ‘Next Girl’, ‘Howlin’ For You’, ‘Everlasting Light’ and ‘Tighten Up’.

THE BLACK KEYS, the most famous blues-rock tandem, for the past few years – before them the White Stripes ruled the world – go back to the roots that inspired their sound and spirit. They canned an album of covers, titled
DELTA KREAM, out next month, 14th May. It’s a collection honouring their heroes of the Mississippi Hill country blues. artists like John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Williams, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough
and Ranie Burnette.

One of the pearls is The Keys cover version of “Going Down South” by R.L Burnside.

Let that guitar slide…

“Delta Kream” is released 14th May.

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The Black Keys release Brothers (Deluxe Remastered Anniversary Edition), an expanded version of their watershed 2010 multi-platinum, Grammy-winning sixth studio album via Nonesuch Records. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Brothers is re-released with three added bonus songs: Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth, Black Mud Part II, and Chop and Change. It is available in three formats: a 7” box set, a 2-LP set, and a CD. This is the first in an annual series of archival releases from the band. Brothers, was originally released on May 18th, 2010, was largely recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. It was a career breakthrough for The Black Keys. Although they realised upon their arrival in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in hot and humid August that the studio had seen better days, the band – singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney – brought in their own equipment and proceeded. The duo recorded nine of the original Brothers songs in what was now “a remote recording in a historic room that had been gutted”.

The band recorded additional material in other locations: the album song Tighten Up in Brooklyn with Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), several others on Auerbach’s eight-track in his Akron basement, and three in Mark Neill’s home studio in San Diego. Chop and Change and Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth are bonus tracks on this anniversary edition of Brothers. The band then gave the music to Tchad Blake to mix.

Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach

The Black Keys have announced a deluxe, 10th Anniversary reissue of their 2010 album “Brothers”. The remastered album will be available in three different formats: CD, 2xLP, and a 7″ box set. The deluxe edition of Brothers arrives December 18th, 2020 in the United States and Canada, and January 1st, 2021 worldwide via Nonesuch. Watch a promotional video for the release below.

‘Brothers’, originally released on May 18th, 2010, was largely recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. It was a career breakthrough for The Black Keys, receiving critical praise and earning three Grammy Awards, for Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Recording Packaging for Michael Carney’s design. Upon release, Rolling Stone hailed the album ‘a masterpiece’, and Uncut named them ‘one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet’.

In addition to the original album, the Brothers reissue will include a 60-page booklet with archival photos, new liner notes written by David Fricke, a limited edition poster, and three bonus singles: “Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth,” “Black Mud Part II,” and “Chop and Change.” The Brothers reissue is the first in an annual series of releases from the Black Keys. Their most recent studio album “Let’s Rock” arrived last year.

Brothers Deluxe Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition will be released in three formats: a 7” box set, a 2-LP set, and a CD. It will include three new bonus songs & a 60-page book photos from the archives. A limited number of autographed copies are available exclusively to members of The Lonely Boys & Girls Club. Further details below. Brothers (Deluxe Remastered Anniversary Edition) 7” Box Set ● Limited edition – only 7500 copies available worldwide ● Nine 7” singles ● New liner notes written by David Fricke ● Three bonus songs ● 60-page book of photos from the archives ● Limited edition poster ● Special heat-sensitive ink on cover Brothers (Deluxe Remastered Anniversary Edition) 2-LP Set ● 140 gram vinyl ● 12” vinyl tip-on gatefold double-pocket album jacket ● New liner notes written by David Fricke ● Three bonus songs ● Insert with photos

Exclusively for Record Store Day, The Black Keys will be releasing the limited edition 45-RPM version of their chart-topping 9th album “Let’s Rock.” The album, which was originally released on June 28 via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records has spawned three Top 10 radio singles and was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2019. The 45-RPM version of the album is limited to 7500 pieces worldwide/5000 copies in the US. It’s a gorgeous 180-Gram 2-LP set in a deluxe holographic gatefold jacket, with each piece individually numbered. The band just announced a run of Canadian dates this Spring before hitting the road for a slate of shed shows this summer. The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.

The Black Keys’ ninth studio album, “Let’s Rock” is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s early days as a band. “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is,” says Auerbach, “and always has been since we were sixteen.” “The record is like an homage to electric guitar,” says Carney. “We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.”

Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, is set to take place on Saturday, August 29th, 2020, and among the special releases on that day is a limited-edition, 45-RPM version of The Black Keys’ chart-topping ninth album, “Let’s Rock.”

“Let’s Rock” was first released on June 28th via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records to critical praise, with Rolling Stone saying, “singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney bring a heightened purism too, emphasizing the power-duo force of their early records.” The Associated Press adds, “The Black Keys are rock royalty and to the relief of many, they aren’t quite ready to relinquish their reign.” “A return to what The Black Keys do best,” says Uncut “Brilliant.”

The new Record Store Day edition of “Let’s Rock” is being pressed on two 180-gram vinyl discs and comes in a deluxe holographic gatefold jacket, with each piece individually numbered. The set is limited to 7,500 pieces worldwide.

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The Black Keys‘ ninth studio album, “Let’s Rock”is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s early days as a band. “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is,” says Auerbach, “and always has been since we were sixteen.” “The record is like an homage to electric guitar,” says Carney. “We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.”

The Black Keys have shared a public service announcement. And remember, when you get your friends to pre-order the band’s new album, “Let’s Rock,” you can say: “This is the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your life.”

The band also shared their new video The Black Keys their new song “Go,” from their upcoming album “Let’s Rock.” The video is directed by Bryan Schlam and finds the band struggling to reconnect after five years apart. Pat Carney says, “It was great making this video with Bryan, partially because it was filmed at the very type of place it is making fun of,” and Dan Auerbach adds, “The video was fun, but we still haven’t spoken.” Watch the video for “Go”

New album “Let’s Rock” out June 28th

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The Black Keys spent five years apart before reconnecting for their new album “Let’s Rock”, and during that time, rumors grew about possible friction between band members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (“Did the Black Keys split?” is one of the first Google questions that comes up if you search for the band.)

The duo poke fun at any possible animosity in the the video for their new song “Go,” directed by Bryan Schlam (who has made videos previously for Auerbach ),  Auerbach and Carney, refusing to speak with one another, meet with a therapist before heading to a spiritual retreat, where they work things out, with help from hallucinogens. “It was great making this video with Bryan, particularly because it was filmed at the very type of place it is making fun of,” Carney adds, referring to the spiritual retreat. Auerbach jokes, “The video was fun, but we still haven’t spoken.”

Let’s Rock is out June 28th and is a return to the sound the band became known for: “[It] packs considerably more visceral punch than their last one (2014’s atmospheric, Danger Mouse-helmed Turn Blue) — from the AC/DC chords of album opener ‘Shine a Little Light’ to the Blue Öyster Cult-meets-ZZ Top punch of ‘Eagle Birds’ to the riff-y power pop of ‘Get Yourself Together.’ Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt wrote in a piece where the band discussed their return. “There are zero keyboards on the album, and Auerbach played most of the guitar solos live; he’d simply stop playing rhythm and kick into lead.”

“We fell right back into it, really, day one,” Carney said. “We wrote two songs the first day. We’re just fucking around, and that’s what comes out.” The band will be touring heavily behind the album.

New album “Let’s Rock” – June 28th

The Black Keys have announced a new album, “Let’s Rock”, and shared a new song from it, “Eagle Birds.” Let’s Rock is due out June 28th via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records. Listen to “Eagle Birds” below. The album includes “Lo/Hi,” a song they shared back in March . It’s been five years since The Black Keys last released an album, 2014’s Turn Blue. A press release says Let’s Rock”is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s early days as a band.” Auerbach adds: “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is, and always has been since we were 16.”

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have kept busy in the last half a decade. In 2015 Auerbach released Yours, Dreamilythe debut album by side-project The Arcs, and in 2017 then he released his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. He also started a record label, Easy Eye Sound, named after his recording studio in Nashville, and recorded other artists at the studio. Carney also produced and collaborated with other artists, including Tennis and Tobias Jesso Jr., and recently released a debut album from his side band Sad Planets (which is a collaboration with John Petkovic).

The Black Keys “Eagle Birds” from album “Let’s Rock”, coming June 28th:

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After five years and a countless string of solo endeavors, a record label launch and some work on the animated Netflix show BoJack Horseman — The Black Keys has finally returned with “Lo/Hi.” The Akron, Ohio duo of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach built its name off chugging, crunchy Southern rock like the type dispensed on “Lo/Hi,” so it’s a welcome return from the gentler sounds that colored the group’s last album, 2014’s Turn Blue.

“Nobody to love you / Nobody to care / Nobody to drug you / No one to hold back your hair,” sings Auerbach of a self-destructive person descending into the throes of rock bottom. There’s hand claps and rich, gospel-style backing vocals, further driving down the song’s moralizing intent.

New single “Lo/Hi” by The Black Keys

Richard Swift

Richard Swift, a former member of indie rock greats, The Shins and The Black Keys has passed away at age 41.  Swift had been suffering from an undisclosed “life-threatening condition”, in which a GoFundMe page was launched last month to help cover his medical bills.

Swift was an essential figure in the indie rock scene, releasing music as a solo artist as well as contributing as an instrumentalist and producer to a slew of other bands. Swift played with The Shins from 2011 to 2016 and was the touring bassist of the Black Keys in 2017.  Dan Auerbach confirmed. Swift, a multi-instrumentalist, had been a member of side project the Arcs, and also a studio owner, producer and film-maker.

“Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” Auerbach said via Instagram, alongside a picture of the pair together. “He’s now with his Mom and Sister. I will miss you my friend.” A post on Swift’s official Facebook page confirmed his passing, adding, “And all the angels sing ’Que Sera Sera.’”

He played drums in the Arcs and keyboards for Starflyer 59. Swift also lent his production talents to bands Foxygen, Guster, the Mynabirds, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Pure Bathing Culture and founded the National Freedom recording studio.
A sad day in the world of music: the sudden passing of Richard Swift. Great producer, instrumental to so many strong artists, but also a wonderful songwriter himself. Hear his double opus “The Novelist / Walking without effort”. He will be missed and heard for times to come.

A post on Swift’s Facebook page reads, “And all the angels sing, “Que Sera Sera”, with tributes from his peers pouring out over social media. The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach took to Twitter to say, “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know. He’s now with his Mom and Sister. I will miss you my friend.”

Talented musician and producer Richard Swift lost a battle with an undisclosed serious illness on July 3rd, and today the nature of that illness was revealed via this letter:

An update:We are grateful to the many fans, friends, artists and collaborators who have shared their thoughts, love and support this week. It has been a bracing force for many of us.

A number of questions have come up surrounding Swift’s life, his work and his death, and we’d like to answer some of them candidly, here:

Yes, Richard Swift suffered from alcohol addiction, and it’s ultimately what took his life. With the support of family and friends and the assistance of MusiCares, Richard had checked himself into rehab for multiple stays over the past two years, but his body gave out before he could overcome the disease. He was diagnosed with hepatitis and liver and kidney distress in June. Multiple hospitals worked to help stabilize him over the course of that month, but his body was unable to heal and, per his wishes and with his family’s consent, he was moved to hospice care. Richard passed in the early morning of July 3rd, 2018 in a hospice facility in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife Shealynn and their three children Madison, Adrian & Kennedy.

Yes, Richard was working on new music, originally planned for release in November of this year. We do not have a timeline for its completion yet, but we hope to share it with you sooner than that.

With love,

The Swift family, Secretly Canadian & Next Wave Management.