Ronnie Wood is pretty busy these days with rehearsals for The Rolling Stones’ ‘No Filter’ tour and he’s released a new live covers album ‘Mr. Luck -- A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ today.
Wood is covering the late blues legend Jimmy Reed, who influenced The Rolling Stones in their early years. Ronnie was joined at the show by former Stones’ guitarist Mick Taylor, along with guests including Paul Weller, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and the late Bobby Womack.
Rolling Stone asked Ronnie why he did a tribute to Reed and Wood said, , "Everyone talks about Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy, but Jimmy was simple in his delivery. It’s a bit like reggae music to the novice since it’s like, ‘Well, all the songs sound like they have the same beat.’ They’re all in a similar structure, but all the songs are such different characters in their own way.”
He added, "It’s got the thread that runs through soulful music, whether it’s soul music or not. … I get a thrill listening to the original records, and I feel so proud when I hear my cover versions. I think, 'So it’s live, it’s a bit rough around the edges, but that’s me.' And it reminds me of the Faces. We were live and very rough around the edges, and we all loved Jimmy Reed."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]