Back to the roots – The Rolling Stones with Blue and Lonesome

Image resultNow No. 1 in the U.S., The Rolling Stones paid tribute to their roots. The concept is a combination of Let It Be by The Beatles and Rock and Roll album by John Lennon in 1975. They will play it live, without overdubs (Let It Be) and play the blues that influenced them (Rock and Roll). The only difference with the latter is that John simply sang in the album; the Stones played in it. It is also reminiscent of Eric Clapton’s several projects: Blues (1999), Me & Mr. Johnson (2004), From The Cradle (1994) and Riding with the King (2000).

The official website of the group: On 2nd December 2016, The Rolling Stones will release ‘Blue & Lonesome’, their first studio album in over a decade. ‘Blue & Lonesome’ takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.

The album was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins and was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs. Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band – Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.

‘Blue & Lonesome’ sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf – artists whose songs are featured on this album.

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.” Don Was, Co-Producer of ‘Blue & Lonesome’