Under The Covers: The Black Keys – Work Me

by oz on September 9, 2008

The Black Keys are no stranger to the covers. They’ve covered legendary bluesman, Junior Kimbrough on their debut album The Big Come Up with the song “Do The Rump” and on their follow up album, Thickfreakness with “Everywhere I Go.”

Junior Kimbrough’s Mississippi blues sound is an obvious influence on The Black Keys. Auerbach’s howling vocals seem to channel blues ghosts long since gone from the banks of the Delta. On their final album on the Fat Possum record label before joining Nonesuch, the Keys released a Junior Kimbrough tribute album entitled Chulahoma. It was named after Junior’s Place, the legendary juke joint owned by Kimbrough in Chulahoma, Mississippi.

The place has since burned down, but the album serves as an artifact of Kimbrough’s place in today’s music world and his steadfast influence in new artists that are busy keeping the blues sound alive. “Work Me” is the song included below, but the full work of Chulahoma (and Kimbrough’s full discography) is something to truly enjoy.

The Black Keys – Work Me

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chris johnson September 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

A live version of Work Me is available for download. It was recorded in Boston in ’05 at the Avalon and was released with the You’re The One single.

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