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Published: Sat, December 03, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Rolling Stones are singing the blues in new album


Well, hot on its heels comes another Hollywood actress featuring in a music promo, this time for The Rolling Stones.

In the video, Stewart is seen joyriding around Los Angeles in a vintage mustang as she dances to the song. Taking their name from Muddy Waters" Rollin' Stone and launching their career 50 years ago with ramshackle covers of blues tracks, the backbone of the band's bones-rattling rock "n' roll has always been their chosen genre's more soulful predecessor.

The Stones released Blue & Lonesome just before their headline perfomances at the two-weekend Desert Trip festival in California back in October (16), and performed some of the blues covers during their sets.

Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. In fact, as reports the Associated Press, the band entered the studio not intending to record a blues album bit instead work on some originals, but after rehearsing Memphis Slim's classic "Blue And Lonesome" to warm up, the Stones got hooked on jamming on other classic blues tracks. It peaked at number three on the USA charts and was certified platinum.

It shouldn't be a surprise, really, but still it's a bit startling to hear just how well the Rolling Stones can play the blues.

"I threw the idea around the last couple of years with Don Was", Jagger said.

"It made itself", guitarist Keith Richards told Rolling Stone in November of recording the album in three days. It's the kind of song that could easily go another ten-minutes and not get boring.

Instead of trying to defy their age, the new record sees Mick Jagger and company embracing it with a tracklist that consists exclusively of old blues cover, of songs originally by the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, and other legends you ought to ask your grandparents about. The weird thing is we were doing new songs and then we stopped that for a minute and said: "Let's do some blues" which is quite often what we do anyway.

You'd expect Keith Richards and Ron Wood to be in their element, and you can picture their Cheshire Cat grins as they trade licks with Eric Clapton on Little Johnny Taylor's "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" and Willie Dixon's "I Can't Quit You Baby".

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