Blues is slowly fading away from today’s musical spectrum. However, already in this Century, The Black Keys achieved with Chulahoma an amazing 6-song EP that takes us back to the 60’s when danger and psychedelia was a constant and the voice would sound as a second scream of the guitars.
Junior Kimbrough is the author of the 6 songs they decided to honor in this incredible 28 minutes of pure Blues-Garage-Rock that little have to do with the originals by one of the Fathers of Blues-Rock. Mainly since the latter would value the heavy presence of the bass guitar meanwhile Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, being at the time solely a Duo and not recording with band, only had the roughness of the fuzz guitar that he manage to adapt perfectly to resound as bluesy as possible and the drums with way more impact then they usually would have in a Blues-Rock song in the 50’s/60’s.
First and foremost We have to point-out how Dan managed to pick up Junior’s Soul from the vocals and gave it his less suffering and whiter tone as well as how he manages to pick up 6 songs from an artist and re-interpret them always printing on it his own personal touch. He always pointed out in interviews earlier in the bands career how Junior had changed his life since the first day he heard him and truth be said, it is recognizable a great effort by him to always respect the true watermark of the originals.
Many are the Magazines and Specialized Websites that did not fully understand the genius behind such a masterpiece and for example, Pitchfork gave a miserable 7/10 to it. We are not grading this one since it is an Homage EP, a gift from Dan to his tutor and we just have to thank the latter for sharing this with us, fans.
“Do The Rump” was already covered 4 years before in their first full Album “The Big Come Up” and was actually one of the great hits from it. From this Covers EP we want to underline “Meet me in the City”, one of the most-known songs of Junior and without a doubt a pure strip-down pitch-blues song that is perfect for those dark room nights where only smoke and candles are visible and everything else dissipates into heavy-scary riffs and drum beats.
Concluding, if you are new to Black Keys its not recommended to start with this EP, probably head down to their first albums and spend 6 hours just growing up with them. For the ones that already know them and don’t know this album or for the ones that already know it, just lay back and take a listen to it and kick-in a joint with it!