Jack White’s First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit. Photo by Neil Krug

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg who form First Aid Kit were recently tracked down by Jack White and invited into his studio to record. They, of course, instantly jumped at the opportunity to do so. Playing the auto-harp and acoustic guitar, the sisters popularity bloomed after covering the stirring Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song.

Now, the duo is in full force with new music, and some intriguing covers yet again. First Aid Kit’s new single “It Hurts Me Too” is a popular blues number that was first recorded in the 1940’s and reinterpreted many times over by an array of artists including: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, The Animals, Gov’t Mule and more.

First Aid Kit’s rendition features soulful harmonies and rich vocals that draw out the emotion and energy behind the song.  In sum: it’s a killer rendition. Keeping it a family affair, Johanna and Klara invited their dad to play the fiddle on the track.

On recording the cover the sisters explained to Bob Boilen, “The decision to record ‘It Hurts Me Too’ was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment thing. We’d never done a blues tune like this, but we just love Karen Dalton’s version of it. We’d never recorded with a live band before, so when Jack brought in his band to play with us, it was a magical experience. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we think you can hear that. The electric fiddle part is particularly sweet.”

Hear the song here.

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