Hear The Black Keys tackle R.L. Burnside’s Going Down South

The Black Keys perform live in Atlanta, Georgia
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images/Triller)

Last month, The Black Keys announced a new blues covers album, Delta Kream. With the announcement came the release of the album's first single, a loose, limber and explosive take on John Lee Hooker's Crawling King Snake.

Now, the band has released a second single from the album, a swampy, spirited version of R.L. Burnside’s Going Down South that you can check out in the video below.

"I feel like people like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside to me are every bit as important as Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf," Black Keys guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach said in a recent Apple Music 1 interview with Zane Lowe. "And we were living while they were making records and I could go and see them. And it was just, I don't know, I just felt a connection to it."

Set for a May 14 release via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch, Delta Kream features covers of songs by R. L. Burnside, John Lee Hooker, Ranie Burnette, Junior Kimbrough and Big Joe Williams. It's the band's follow-up to 2019's Let's Rock.

You can check out the album's cover art and track list below, and preorder it here (opens in new tab).

The cover of The Black Keys' forthcoming album, Delta Kream

(Image credit: Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records)

The Black Keys – Delta Kream:

  1. Crawling Kingsnake (John Lee Hooker Cover)
  2. Louise (Mississippi Fred McDowell Cover)
  3. Poor Boy A Long Way From Home (R. L. Burnside Cover)
  4. Stay All Night (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
  5. Going Down South (R. L. Burnside Cover)
  6. Coal Black Mattie (Ranie Burnette Cover)
  7. Do the Romp (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
  8. Sad Days, Lonely Nights (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
  9. Walk with Me (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
  10. Mellow Peaches (Big Joe Williams Cover)
  11. Come On And Go With Me (Junior Kimbrough Cover)

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.