Proceeds from sales benefit Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation. Cover artwork by Ronnie Wood.


LONDON, U.K. – As well as being the biggest band in the world, The Rolling Stones are also the biggest champions of the blues, so who better to curate a compilation of the music that inspired them throughout their career?

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Confessin’ The Blues collects the greatest bluesmen ever and provides a perfect study of the genre. The tracks on the various formats of the release have been chosen by the Rolling Stones in collaboration with BMG and Universal. The sets are due out from BMG on November 9, 2018.

The Rolling Stones have long been supporters of the blues, from before the start of their career right through to their latest album, Blue & Lonesome, which featured their interpretations of the classics; many of those songs appear in their original versions here on Confessin’ The BluesMick Jagger was an early fan of the genre: “The first Muddy Waters album that was really popular was Muddy Waters at Newport, which was the first album I ever bought.” Keith Richards said, “If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”


As such big supporters of the blues, the band and BMG have decided that 10% of BMG’s net receipts* from the sale of this album will be donated to Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation (registered as a 501C3 non-profit organization in the United States).

Jacqueline Dixon, President/CEO of The Blues Heaven Foundation, said: “We are extremely honored, grateful and humbled that Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation has been included in such an astonishing project. It means so much that my father’s dream of creating an organization that promotes protects and preserves the Blues for future generations is being recognized and supported by artists that have achieved so much.”

Confessin’ The Blues includes tracks by the biggest blues pioneers including Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. All of these artists had an impact on the nascent Rolling Stones, whether influencing Keith’s guitar licks or Mick’s vocals and lyrics. As Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says: “That’s how Mick and Keith first got close as well, on the train coming back from college. They noticed each other’s record collection and it was, “Hey, you’ve got Muddy Waters. You must be a good guy, let’s form a band.”

Confessin’ The Blues will be available as a 2-CD set, 2×2 Vinyl LP sets and a 5×10” Vinyl book-pack (mimicking the original 78 RPM releases). All versions include liner notes by music journalist Colin Larkin and the book-pack contains removable art card prints by noted blues illustrator Christoph Mueller. The album cover artwork comes courtesy of Wood, who has added his own personal twist to the project by painting his interpretation of a bluesman.

Confessin’ The Blues is a real musical education from those who know the genre best, the greatest living band on the planet, the Rolling Stones.


Disc One:

  1. Muddy Waters Rollin’ Stone
    Howlin’ Wolf Little Red Rooster
  2. John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillen
  3. Little Walter Hate To See You Go
  4. Chuck Berry Little Queenie
    6. Bo Diddley, You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover
    7. Eddie Taylor Ride ‘Em On Down
  5. Slim Harpo I’m A King Bee
    9. Magic Sam All Your Love
  6. Elmore James Dust My Broom
  7. Little Walter Just Your Fool 12. Muddy Waters I Want To Be Loved
    13. Big Bill Broonzy Key To The Highway
    14. Robert Johnson Love In Vain Blues
  8. Mississippi Fred McDowell You Gotta Move
  9. Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City
  10. Big Maceo Worried Life Blues
  11. Little Johnny Taylor Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (Part 1)
    19. Howlin’ Wolf Commit A Crime
  12. Otis Rush, I Can’t Quit You, Baby
  13. Jay McShann & Walter Brown Confessin’ The Blues

Disc Two:

  1. Howlin’ Wolf Just Like I Treat You
  2. Little Walter, I Got To Go
    3. Chuck Berry Carol
    4. Bo Diddley Mona
    5. Muddy Waters I Just Want To Make Love To You
    6. Elmore James Blues Before Sunrise
    7. Eddie Taylor Bad Boy
    8. Boy Blue Boogie Children
  3. Jimmy Reed Little Rain
  4. Robert Johnson Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
  5. Reverend Robert Wilkins The Prodigal Son
  6. Lightnin’ Slim Hoodoo Blues
  7. Billy Boy Arnold Don’t Stay Out All Night
    14. Bo Diddley Craw-Dad
    15. Dale Hawkins Suzie Q
    16. Amos Milburn Down The Road Apiece
    17. Howlin’ Wolf Little Baby
  8. Little Walter Blue And Lonesome
    19. B.B. King Rock Me Baby
  9. Buddy Guy Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues
    21. Muddy Waters Mannish Boy

*The charitable donation is calculated on net receipts being amounts equal to monies actually received by BMG from the sale of this album after deductions of credits for returns and VAT (or similar sales tax)

GGM Staff


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