A weekly look at must-hear music from The Times’ staff. This week, we focus on new albums that dig into the past.
Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones, Live at the Checkerboard Lounge 1981” (Eagle Records)
A group of blues fans did what any self-respecting aficionados of the genre would do when in the vicinity of Chicago back in 1981: make the pilgrimage to catch Muddy Waters performing, in this case at Buddy Guy’s Checkerboard Lounge. What made this visit different was that these Waters fans wound up backing their hero that night, because they just happened to be the Rolling Stones, who were on tour in the U.S.
In this previously unreleased...