Rolling Stones hint new album coming out on 6 October – will they, won’t they?

From the Guardian

First release since 2005 comprises raw cover versions of Chicago blues classics, according to producer Don Was

Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones who have regrouped to lay down a collection of Chicago blues tracks. Photograph: Perniac/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock

The Rolling Stones have hinted they are about to release their first album in more than a decade, apparently a collection of covers of Chicago blues classics.

The band took to Twitter to tease the line “Coming October 6” along with a snippet of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the band jamming out a hard blues song with harmonica

The Rolling Stones have not released a studio album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, which consisted of original material that largely stayed true to the band’s blues rock roots.

The rockers have released a series of concert recordings in the past decade, however.

Richards, 72, has often spoken of his love of Chicago blues and its influence over his guitar-playing while growing up in England. The blues, born among African Americans in the US South, took on a new life with the Great Migration to industrialised northern cities with added amplification and gradual rock elements.

Richards, notorious for his hard living, has remained energetic and a year ago put out a solo album in which he also takes vocal duties. He revealed at the time that the Stones planned to return to the studio in 2016.

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