LISTEN: 4 Hot Tracks from The Stones’ Raunchy New Album BLUE & LONESOME

by Peter Wendel
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PrintHere’s a taste of the new Rolling Stones’ album, Blue & Lonesome – an LP that brings the band back, full circle, to their roots in the Chicago blues.

In pre-Stones 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were briefly in a band called the Blue Boys, feeding on a steady diet of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley. Fast forward to 2016. Jagger and Richards take their well-worn raunch and swagger and apply it to the material of those same blues icons that helped form the band’s legendary sound some 50 years earlier.

Blue & Lonesome is a gritty, raucous tribute to The Stones’ early influences. The all-blues album – the band’s first studio output since 2005′s A Bigger Bang – contains 12 covers, most of them straight out of the seedy back alleys of Chicago.

The Stones roll up their sleeves and unleash a sound as raw and stinging as a rusty razor, echoing songs from the band’s Golden Era like “Stray Cat Blues” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (minus Mick Taylor, of course).

RIDE ‘EM ON DOWN
The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome (2016)

Here’s a raucous take on the rollicking blues number by Eddie Taylor (Jimmy Reed’s guitarist). Filthy guitar play from Richards and Wood and thundering work from Charlie Watts make this one a winner.

I CAN’T QUIT YOU BABY
The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome (2016)

This one has all the trappings of a neo-classic, including Eric Clapton on lead guitar. Despite the fact that Jagger is 73 years old (and just celebrated the birth of his eighth child), he can still hit the notes. The late, great Willie Dixon would approve.

LITTLE RAIN
The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome (2016)

Here’s a worthy tip of the hat to Jimmy Reed, one of the most influential players of the electric blues.

COMMIT A CRIME
The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome (2016)

No Rolling Stones’ cover album would be complete without one of Howlin’ Wolf’s songs. Jagger lights it up with his brazen harmonica play. The band does their idol proud.

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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