For the follow-up to 2005’s A Bigger Bang, The Stones return to their roots, reworking songs by blues pioneers like Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, and Willie Dixon, many of whom served as inspiration for the Brits early in their career. “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,” co-producer Don Was previously commented in a statement.
Sessions for Blue and Lonesome took place over the course of three days last December at British Grove Studios in London. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood were joined in the studio by longtime touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards), as well as Eric Clapton, who guests on two of the 12 tracks.
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To coincide with the LP, The Stones have also shared a new music video for their cover of “Ride ‘Em On Down”, and it stars actress Kristen Stewart.
Blue and Lonesome Tracklist:
01. Just Your Fool (Original written and recorded in 1960 by Little Walter)
02. Commit A Crime (Original written and recorded in 1966 by Howlin’ Wolf – Chester Burnett)
03. Blue And Lonesome (Original written and recorded in 1959 by Little Walter)
04. All Of Your Love (Original written and recorded in 1967 by Magic Sam – Samuel Maghett)
05. I Gotta Go (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)
06. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (feat. Eric Clapton) (Original recorded in 1971 by Little Johnny Taylor, composed by Miles Grayson & Lermon Horton)
07. Ride ‘Em On Down (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Eddie Taylor)
08. Hate To See You Go (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)
09. Hoo Doo Blues (Original recorded in 1958 by Lightnin’ Slim, composed by Otis Hicks & Jerry West)
10. Little Rain (Original recorded in 1957 by Jimmy Reed, composed by Ewart.G.Abner Jr. and Jimmy Reed)
11. Just Like I Treat You (Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in December 1961)
12. I Can’t Quit You Baby (feat. Eric Clapton) (Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Otis Rush in 1956)