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The Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome

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Blue & Lonesome
(Interscope)

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Blues music has always been at the heart of what The Rolling Stones were about; it’s part of what drew them together in the first place when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards bonded at a railroad station over a Muddy Waters record. This being the case, it’s fitting that after more than 50 years of playing and recording together, they are back with their first studio album in over 10 years featuring a host of great blues covers on Blue & LonesomeHappily, this is not an embarrassing aging-rocker, over-reaching, cliche album. It’s a really solid mix of 12 great covers from such classic blues musicians as Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, and Magic Sam. The album shows off some of what the Stones do best with tracks like “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” which also features the blues maestro Eric Clapton on lead guitar, and “Ride ‘Em On Down,” which feels totally natural with the Stones at the helm. This sense of ease isn’t just the band’s comfort with the material, it’s their many years of jamming together and it seems like they are still a well-oiled machine recording the album in just three days. Both Stones and blues fans will be overjoyed with the new material because it’s emotive, enthusiastic, and it sounds like the guys are having fun.   

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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