The Black Keys have shared yet another classic blues cover, showcasing R.L. Burnside’s “Going Down South” in a brand new music video.
The track comes off the band’s forthcoming covers album – titled Delta Kream – out May 14.
Previously, the band released their take on John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling Kingsnake.”
Delta Kream will mark the duo’s first release since their 2019 effort Let’s Rock.
Per Live For Live Music:
Along with the band’s homage to the music that inspired The Black Keys’ early sound, the Ryan Nadzam-directed video for “Going Down South” also highlights numerous musical landmarks. In the video, viewers travel past the oldest juke joint in the United States, Blue Front Cafe, in Bentonia, MS. The music video also highlights the town of Como, MS, home to Mississippi Fred McDowell; Chulahoma Community; The Burnside Palace; Aikei Pro’s Records Shop; Blues Alley in Holly Springs, hometown of Junior Kimbrough; The Hut in Holly Springs, site of the Junior Kimbrough Cotton Patch Blues Music Festival; and Nelson Street in Greenville MS, hometown of James “T Model” Ford.
“That was one of R.L. Burnside’s hits! We strayed a little from the original on our version with the falsetto and percussion, but we liked how it sounded in that moment,” Dan Auerbach said in a statement. “It’s become one of my favorites on the album.”
As guitarist/producer Dan Auerbach points out, he and drummer Patrick Carney deviate from the deep Southern baritone found on Burnside’s recording. While The Black Keys pay tribute to their early idols, they also imbue these old blues standards with their own unique voices.
Watch the video for “Going Down South” above: