By Amanda Wicks
The influence the blues had on rock ‘n’ roll, especially its British instantiation, has been covered time and again in the genre’s history. And now it’s getting covered in a more melodic way.
The Rolling Stones will soon release their first album in over 10 years, a collection of blues covers titled Blue and Lonesome. Today (Oct. 21), they premiered another track off that project. The band shared “Hate To See You Go” by Little Walter.
Their version keeps the original’s harmonica front and center while a bluesy guitar rips along in the background. Mick Jagger has a breathless quality to his voice, snubbing the ending consonants to give the lyrics a greater colloquial feel.
Besides “Hate to See You Go,” the 12-track album will also include Howlin’ Wolf’s “Commit a Crime,” Jimmy Reed’s Little Rain” and another Little Walter tune, “I Gotta Go.” Blue and Lonesome arrives December 12.
Listen to “Hate To See You Go” below.