The Black Keys

Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough

Word on the street is that the Black Keys, which consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, will say goodbye to Fat Possum Records. But before moving on, they’ve made this homage to the late blues guitarist David “Junior” Kimbrough. The Akron-based duo winds its way through six Kimbrough-penned tracks with all the ease of gator going down the Mississippi. Auerbach’s soulful vocals and twangy guitar riffs, and Carney’s snare-heavy drumming, elicit images of muggy afternoons spent rocking on the porch and swatting away larger-than-life skeeters. These boys have done Kimbrough and his widow proud, as noted on track seven, an answering machine message from Mrs. Mildred Kimbrough: “You about the only one that really, really play like Junior played this record, and I’m very proud.”