The Rolling Stones Announce Blue & Lonesome, New Album


The Rolling Stones Announce Blue & Lonesome, New Studio Album Coming Dec. 2

–Joe Lund

It’s official: The Rolling Stones have announced that their first new studio album in more than a decade will hit stores on December 2. Titled Blue & Lonesome, the album features 12 cover versions of songs originally associated with classic bluesmen such as Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Slim, Little Walter, and Magic Sam. Recorded in three days last December, at British Grove Studios in West London, the sessions took the band “back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at [their] heart and soul.”

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music,” observes co-producer Don Was, who, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, helmed the project. “The blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.”

As suggested in earlier reports, the sessions were recorded “live in the studio,” without overdubs. In addition to the core band, players included the Stones’ longtime touring sidemen—plus, most notably, two guest appearances by Eric Clapton.

Recorded near the locale where the Stones launched their career more than a half-century ago, Blue & Lonesome finds the band “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”—as noted in a press release. “It captures the essence of what they are,” said Was, in a recent interview.

Blue & Lonesome is the first new studio album released by the Stones since 1995’s A Bigger Bang. Check out a portion of the lead track, “Just Your Fool,” in the YouTube post below.

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