(WVUE) - They have been called "the greatest rock and roll band in the world," yet if it wasn't for the blues, would there ever have been The Rolling Stones?
While it has been more than a decade since they have released any new music, the wait is over. Dec. 2, The Stones give you "Blue & Lonesome," a collection of blues covers the band has held sacred all of these years.
They cut the new album live in the studio without overdubs at the British Grove Studios in West London last December. This is historically relevant since the studio is near clubs the Stones plied their chops as a fledgling blues band.
Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) pulled together their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) to kick out the 12 songs on the album. When you are The Stones and Eric Clapton just so happens to be recording in the next studio it makes sense to invite the man who's been called the "greatest guitarist in the world" to join in. Clapton plays on two of the tracks.
The Stones music is deeply rooted in the blues, especially from the Chicago blues scene. Their first albums included songs by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon. The new album covers songs by those blues legends as well as Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.
Since forming in 1962 and taking their name from the Howlin' Wolf song Rollin' Stone, it's fitting after dozens of albums, The Rolling Stones come full circle and put out an album of songs from their hero's.
Here's a one minute taste courtesy of The Stones.