Chuck Leavell will be featured prominently on two forthcoming albums from The Rolling Stones – one a live album recorded in Cuba, and the other a new studio LP that brings the band back to its blues roots.
The Stones’ first studio album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, Blue & Lonesome (out December 2nd) consists of a dozen covers of the songs of the American (mostly Chicago-based) blues musicians that inspired them to form the band in the early ’60s. Songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Eddie Taylor, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon and Little Walter are among those covered, with Eric Clapton guesting on guitar on two tracks. Produced by Don Was, the album was recorded spontaneously over three days, with no overdubs, after attempts at tracking new original material sputtered without success. The two main stalwarts of the Stones’ longtime touring band, keyboardist Leavell and bassist Darryl Jones, play on all tracks.
Hitting retail on November 12th, Havana Moon is a live album recorded at the Stones’ historic March 25th, 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba, a massive, free outdoor show that attracted upwards of a million fans. The DVD or Blu-ray release will be coupled with either a double CD or triple LP, depending on your audio preference.