Chicago Plays The Stones
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Imagine classic Rolling Stones songs played by their Chicago blues heroes of the Golden Age such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson. Then travel back to the future and experience Chicago Plays The Stones. Guitar-slinger and vocalist Ronnie Baker Brooks along with harmonica master Billy Branch and other Chicago-blues giants take the songs of the Rolling Stones "back home" to the Windy City in an exhilarating live show. This is no mere cover band — this is legends played by legends.

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Imagine classic Rolling Stones songs played by their Chicago blues heroes of the Golden Age such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson. Then travel back to the future and experience Chicago Plays The Stones. Guitar-slinger and vocalist Ronnie Baker Brooks along with harmonica master Billy Branch and other Chicago-blues giants take the songs of the Rolling Stones "back home" to the Windy City in an exhilarating live show. This is no mere cover band — this is legends played by legends.

The gritty, urban, amplified and electrifying sound of Chicago blues was tapped by the original rock ’n’ rollers of the ’50s and even more so by the Rolling Stones starting in the mid-’60s. Blues titans like Muddy and Buddy Guy recognized the Stones’ outspoken adoration of them and their Windy City brethren, and a long-lasting cross-continental kinship was born. This is what spawned the idea of Chicago Plays the Stones—even before the Stones announced the coming of their album Blue and Lonesome.

Producer Larry Skoller and co-producer/arranger Vincent Bucher had already been working up Chicago-blues covers of Rolling Stones songs dating from the ’60s to the ’90s. “The idea was to bring a set of Stones songs ‘back home’ by playing them with a Chicago blues groove—to imagine them as tunes played by Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and the other Chicago blues icons the Stones have idolized and covered.”

This is where the inspired arrangements and performances of Chicago Plays the Stones shine the brightest. Hear an electrifying live show that strips the raw energy of the Rolling Stones into its windy-city roots.

 
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