The Rolling Stones are Singin’ The Blues in New Album

By Robyn Collins

The Rolling Stones have confirmed that they are working on a new blues inspired album and Mick Jagger said, “It’s sounding really good.”

Keith Richards told BBC 6 Music, “We’re actually in the studio in the moment cutting new stuff.”

Ronnie Wood added, “It was a surprise to us. We didn’t intend doing it… I wish I could play them to you now. I’m so excited about them.” He included that they recently “cut 11 songs in two days. Just ‘bang’ – like that.”

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The album will feature material and a series of blues covers, including songs by Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. “They sound so authentic it’s frightening,” Wood said. “We didn’t spend any time rehearsing them or anything. We just picked a song that suited Mick’s harmonica or a guitar riff… and they worked out pretty good. It was like, ‘this is what the Stones do, we play blues.”

“It’s very easy and free,” said Charlie Watts. “Keith plays the same now as he ever did. He sits there and plays a song and if something comes to him, he’ll put that into it.”

This will be the first Rolling Stones studio album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Wood revealed the new music would be released “sometime this year,” while Jagger said the band would be announcing more shows in the coming months. “We’ll come back to the UK, indeed,” he said. “It doesn’t feel very long since we played [here] but actually it’s ages ago now.”

“I think our main thing is playing live these days,” Richards added. “Within the band, we always feel like the next show is going to be better. For a bunch of reprobates we have an incredible dedication to our job.”

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