The Rolling Stones’ first studio album in more than a decade will feature a dozen tracks of blues music–the genre that first inspired them in the early 1960s.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts recorded “Blue & Lonesome” in a London studio over three days last December. Polydor will release the album December 2.
It features covers of songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, and Little Walter. Eric Clapton joins the Stones on two tracks.
The Stones last studio album was “A Bigger Bang,” which came out in 2005. They’ve spent much of their professional time touring over the last decade.
American blues was a major influence for many British Invasion bands, including the Stones, the Beatles, the Animals, and Cream. A statement announcing the new album says it’s a live in the studio recording without overdubs.
Here’s a taste of the album, part of the Little Walter song, “Just Your Fool.”