By Amanda Wicks
While working on an album of original music, the Rolling Stones hit a creative wall and instead had some fun playing classic blues numbers they knew in the studio. That turned into the soon-to-be released album Blue & Lonesome. But don’t write off future original music from the band just yet.
Speaking with The New York Times, Mick Jagger said they haven’t thrown out the original material they were working on. They have “half an album” of new music done.
Ronnie Wood explained that working on new songs took time. “It’s like putting it on top of the strainer and seeing what soaks through by the time you come back to them again,” he said. “The lumps that are left on top after time has gone by, that’s what you make your dough out of.” Even though they have recordings of their “half an album,” Wood added, “It wouldn’t surprise me if we recut them all again. It’s one of those things.”
It’s not clear when this “half an album” will turn into a full album, and when that would be released, but in the meantime Blue & Lonesome drops December 2nd. It marks the first studio album the Stones have released since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.