stone on air

Blue and Lonesome, the 2016 album of Rolling Stones blues covers, reminded everyone of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band's true musical beginnings , despite the many sea changes the band has endured. Those roots have remained a reassuring constant, though it's difficult to imagine any era when the bulk of the Stones' repertoire weren't Jagger-Richards originals.  That's precisely the era covered by The Rolling Stones On Air. Of the 32 tracks on the 2-CD deluxe version, compiled from various 1963-65 BBC radio performances, many of them bootlegged over the past few decades. This marks their first official release.

Published in Get Rhythm

 The announcement the Rolling Stones are recording a new album is, in itself, nothing new. But they've made a big point of noting that this new album takes them back over 50 years to their blues days, before the groundswell of original Jagger-Richards songs began. It sounds like they're coming full circle.

Published in Get Rhythm
Friday, 19 June 2015 06:37

The Stones 'N The Blues

Everyone who knows the Rolling Stones' heritage and musical roots know they took their name from a Muddy Waters song and that Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became fans of American blues and R&B when they were teenagers. They scarfed up all the Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf records (to name just a few of the acts they loved) they could find and copied them closely. By the time they started working together, they already had the seeds of their sound.

Published in Get Rhythm