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Albums Of The Week: Ronnie Wood & The Ronnie Wood Band | Mr. Luck: A Tribute To Jimmy Reed – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The Stones guitarist and some fellow VIPs celebrate the influential blues legend.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Ronnie Wood and the Ronnie Wood Band return to the blues with the second instalment of his live album trilogy, Mr. Luck: A Tribute to Jimmy Reed.

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, the 18-track album features The Ronnie Wood Band including Mick Taylor with a lineup of incredible special guests, including Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Paul Weller — all paying tribute to one of Ronnie’s musical heroes and major influences, the Mississippi electric blues pioneer Jimmy Reed. It features stunning tracks including Good Lover and Ghost of A Man.

When self-taught guitarist Eddie Taylor imparted his skills onto his friend Jimmy Reed, he surely couldn’t have imagined the effect this was to have on the Chicago blues scene. Backing up such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, he is best remembered for his work with his former student. Sweet coincidence, then, that in 1974 another Taylor, Mick, would make way for Wood in The Rolling Stones, paving the way for these two friends and celebrated guitarists to work on projects ever since.

In regard to Mr. Luck, Ronnie comments: “Jimmy Reed was one of the premier influences on The Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American blues from that era until the present day. It is my honour to have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy with this tribute.”

This album marks the second iteration in a trilogy of special and personal albums by Wood and the band, celebrating Ronnie’s musical heroes. The first album, Mad Lad, explored the work of Chuck Berry as an emotional commemoration after Berry’s passing just over two years ago. Ronnie toured with Berry and was a lifelong fan.”