With hits comparable to “Tighten Up,” “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling,” the Black Keys have all the time rocked in shades of the blues.
However on “Delta Kream,” their 10th studio album, the Grammy-winning duo goes deeper than ever into the style, with covers of 11 Mississippi hill nation blues songs by greats comparable to R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.
Lead singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach — who turns 42 when the brand new LP drops on Friday — reveals what the Black Keys owe to this music, how they’ve stayed collectively for 20 years, and why he and drummer Patrick Carney are extra brothers than bandmates.
What made you determine to commit an album to Mississippi hill nation blues?
I had a session occurring with [blues musician] Robert Finley for his new album, and on that session I invited Kenny Brown, the guitar participant who performed with R.L. Burnside for 35 years, and Eric Deaton, who used to play [bass] with Junior Kimbrough. And it was going so nicely, I known as Pat, and I mentioned, “What are you doing tomorrow?” As a result of Pat loves R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough simply as a lot as I do. So Pat came to visit the subsequent day, and we simply recorded some songs for enjoyable … Pat and I bonded over this music, and after we first began taking part in, these are among the songs that we might cowl. It’s the muse of who we’re. The primary day that we recorded our demo that might go on to get us our first file deal, we recorded “Do the Romp,” [originally by Junior Kimbrough] so it’s simply, like, a part of the DNA of the band.
That is your 20th anniversary as a duo. What’s the key to your longevity?
I feel that Pat and I genuinely like taking part in music collectively. I feel that this album is a testomony to that. That’s the reason we’re collectively 20 years later. I imply, I don’t have a relationship that lengthy with anyone besides my household.
How are you guys completely different as a duo now in your 40s than you have been in your 20s?
We simply have extra dependents. I’ve obtained two [kids]. Pat’s obtained a couple of.
Your large hit was “Lonely Boy.” So how did you fight feeling lonely through the pandemic?
Aw man, I simply spent a lot time with my household. It’s been wonderful for that. I’ve by no means spent this a lot time in my very own mattress in my grownup life.
Final yr you set out a 10th anniversary edition of “Brothers.” Would you say that you just and Pat are extra like brothers than bandmates now?
Yeah, undoubtedly. Completely. We’ve recognized one another since we have been, like, 13 or one thing. I imply, we grew up a block from one another. We have been a grade aside, however we took the identical faculty bus and stuff. My brother was greatest mates with Pat’s brother. My brother mentioned, “Hey, you understand, Pat’s obtained a drum equipment in his basement and a four-track recorder. You must go play with him.”
The place do you see your self in 20 extra years?
Poolside. With some kind of drink.