Longtime Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will release his seventh studio solo, I Feel Like Playing, this fall. His first release since 2001’s Not For Beginners will feature guest appearances from his friend of many years Slash, ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder, Rolling Stones backup vocalist Bernard Fowler, Stones bassist Daryl Jones, and drummer Jim Keltner.
Wood joined the Rolling Stones subsequent to the departure of Mick Taylor. Prior to The Rolling Stones, Wood played in groups including The Faces, The Jeff Beck Group, and The Birds. The disc will be priced at $13.98.
I asked Fowler about the upcoming release, and he told me, “This is the second album I produced for him, and the hardest because of what he was going through, and it can plainly be heard.” He adds, “With the help of Bob Rock and friends, it is a well rounded record, if I must say so myself.”
Wood’s most popular solo album was 1979’s Gimme Some Neck, which was supported by the New Barbarians tour. The brief tour featured Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, Meters drummer Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste, former Faces compatriot keyboardist Ian “Mac” McLagan,” and Stones sax player Bobby Keys. Without hesitation, the live performances I saw at the New Barbarians were among the finest I have ever seen.
Not meant as a complete discography, here are some of the solo works from members of The Rolling Stones current lineup.
As far as other current members of the Rolling Stones with solo albums, Keith Richards has also released solo albums, three with the highly venerated and critically acclaimed X-Pensive Winos, Live at the Palladium, which was recorded in Los Angeles, California, Talk is Cheap, and Main Offender. Richards also had more than a few fingerprints on the 1997 self-titled Wingless Angels album, on which he co-produced guitar and backing vocals. He has also appeared as a guest on many other albums.
Richards’ solo works have certainly been more well received than those of Mick Jagger.
Among albums on which Richards heavily contributed is the soundtrack album to Hail, Hail Rock and Roll, a Tribute to Chuck Berry.
Fowler, who has toured with the Stones for over two decades, appears on solo albums released by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. Bernard Fowler’s own 2007 solo album, Friends With Privileges, is also well worth the ducats to check out.
Over the years, Watts has released several praiseworthy solo jazz discs.
Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell has his own solo works as well. His newest release is 2008’s Live in Germany: Green Leaves & Blue Note.
Blondie Chaplin, also a backup singer for The Stones, released Between Us, a beautifully executed and produced solo album in 2006.
Although Rolling Stones backup singer Lisa Fischer won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1992 with “How Can I Ease the Pain,” a single from her So Intense album, her fans are still waiting for another solo full-length disc.
Rolling Stones basist Darryl Jones has not yet released a solo album.
Watch a video, “New York Minute,” featuring Bernard Fowler, the producer of Ronnie Wood’s upcoming album:
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