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

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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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