The Rolling Stones Return to Their Blues Roots with First Studio Album in More Than a Decade: Recorded Spontaneously, Live, and Without Any Overdubs, It Sounds Incredible in Analog
The Rolling Stones come full circle on what could very likely be the final studio album they ever release. Recorded spontaneously, live, and without any overdubs in just three days, Blue & Lonesome takes Mick Jagger and company back to their roots via deep-cut blues covers of fare by the likes of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and more. Produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins, Blue & Lonesome takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at their heart and soul. The album was recorded at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone's throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the group started out as a young blues act playing pubs and clubs.
The Stones' approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band - Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.
"This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do," longtime associate and album co-producer Don Was notes.