The Rolling Stones Plan to Release New Blues-Covers Studio Album, First Since 2005
For one of the oldest touring acts around, the Rolling Stones have seemingly become a steam engine, stopping not for age, health or anything of the like. Perhaps this means Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can stomach being in the same room together.
But the rest of the Stones lineup commented that the tunes on the new album were inspired and cut in a matter of two days, "just 'bang' -- like that."
This will be the first studio release from the group since 2005's A Bigger Bang and will include a series of blues covers as well as new material. A couple of artists they intend to cover on the album include Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.
Speaking to the BBC, guitarist Ron Wood was quoted saying:
"[The Stones] cut 11 songs in two days. Just 'bang' -- like that. It was a surprise to us. We didn't intend doing it.
"We didn't spend any time rehearsing them or anything. We just picked a song that suited Mick's harmonica or a guitar riff [and] they worked out pretty good. It was like, 'this is what the Stones do, we play blues.'"
Of course, if you aren't in the know, the derivation "The Rolling Stones" is one appropriated from a Muddy Waters tune and the band got their start covering blues songs in their native U.K. Much like other bands at the time, the blues was becoming a seminal genre to help British bands gain notoriety across the pond in the U.S.
For the Stones to put out an album of blues songs is the band returning to their roots, and it should shape up to be a thorough and phenomenal release.
Be on the lookout for the new album but in the meantime, get down with a very early performance from the Stones in a video below.