After nearly a decade The Rolling Stones announces release of new album Blue & Lonesome.
The album doubles as a nod to the band’s formative years, when the band would play covers by their favorite blues artists.
Keith Richards told Rolling Stone in September that the group had been recording in London, cutting several songs in a rapid period saying: “It was fun – always is,” At the time, he claimed the album would contain “a lot of Chicago blues.”
Later in the month, Mick Jagger posted a photo of his harmonica case and some guitar picks on Twitter, with hashtag #playingtheblues. The group also posted a teaser video, showing images of their gear in a studio with the sound of guitar strumming and a voice counting in a song.
The album holding 12 tracks was recorded within a span of three days at London’s British Grove Studios, covering songs by classic bluesmen, including Howlin’ Wolf , Little Walter and Jimmy Reed.
Co-producer Don told French publication Le Figaro that the Stones had recorded the LP live in the studio with the musicians in a circle surrounding microphones.
“The record sounds very crude, very authentic, it captures the essence of what they are.”
The group’s blues angle was first revealed by Ron Wood in April saying “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did, but we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days.” he said, according The Associate Press.
The album is set to his stores on December 2. Read all about it here