--USA Today images

Rolling Stones--back to their blues roots

October 6, 2016

The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be releasing a blues cover album in December, and it sounds like it will be pretty freaking cool.

When the Stones started out, more than 50 years ago, they were a blues cover band. Their first album contained blues songs from Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, and Slim Harpo--and for crying out loud, they took their name from a Muddy Waters song.

The band started dropping hints on social media over the past week or so, but now made it official, "The Rolling Stones Blue and Lonesome" comes out December 2nd. They reportedly recorded it in London with producer Don Was who says it was recorded live in the studio with the musicians in a circle surrounding microphones, and that it's "very  crude, very authentic."  And if that weren't great enough, another guy who knows a thing or two about the blues plays on a coule of the songs---none other than Eric Clapton.

The song list contains tunes originally recorded by Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Slim and others.