Last year, the Rolling Stones went back to their earliest roots with Blue & Lonesome, an album made up entirely of covers of some of the blues favorites that inspired them in their formative days, before they were even well known in London, much less the world.
Now, in a new homage to their past, the band have selected the repertoire of a new blues compilation.
1980: Aretha with Matt Murphy in the movie The Blues Brothers. He played her guitarist-husband who left their diner to rejoin the Blues Brothers band.
Blues master Matt "Guitar: Murphy's recent death at age 88 didn't get the notice it should have, given his visibility in recent decades. Murphy, a veteran musician who gained notice in the film The Blues Brothers as part of their all-star band, was no latecomer to the blues. He was a native of Sunflower, Mississippi (in the Delta), also the birthplace of bluesman Little Milton Campbell and R&B crooner Jerry Butler.
The ten blues greats whose songs were covered on the new Stones album, a tribute to their blues roots. This covers the original versions of ten of the 12 songs on the record.
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.
On August 28, the Country Music Hall of Fame opened an exhibit dedicated to Sun Records of Memphis and the artistic vision of its eccentric founder and visionary, Sam Phillips (1923-2003), titled Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius Of Sam Phillips, the title inspired by a recording by Sun rockabilly Billy Lee Riley. The exhibit will include various events, performances and panel discussions. Peter Guralnick's massive Phillips biography, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll will appear in November.