The band did not offer further details but Don Was, the US producer who has overseen the Stones’ studio sessions over the past two decades, said they had cut an album of takes on Chicago blues songs.
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Also in the blues vein, "A Bigger Bang" was the group's 24th and most recent studio album, released over a decade ago in 2005. Since then, concert recordings have been released, but fans have hotly anticipated new sounds from the band that's been in the business for over half a century.
Stones guitarist Keith Richards says he has always had an affinity for the blues. In 2009, he wrote for "The Guardian": "My mum was playing me jazz - a lot of Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan. I mean, it's not your country blues but, as I went on, I realized that I was brought up on a broad basis of blues music without even knowing it, so, in a way, I'm a result of what my mum played."
The blues was developed by African-Americans in the Deep South of the United States during the late 19th century. It draws heavily on work songs and spirituals and incorporates call-and-response patterns.
Chicago blues, which is supposedly the style represented in the new album, stems from the Great Migration, which saw millions of African-Americans relocated from the rural South to urban hubs to the North during the mid-20th-century.