Rolling Stones fans have double cause to celebrate on Dec. 2. The legendary British released their first studio album in over a decade Blue & Lonesome via Polydor/UMC on Friday and also debuted an official video for the album's new single “Ride 'em on Down,” featuring Kristen Stewart.
Rolling Stone reports on Dec. 2 that the video was directed by Francois Rousselet, who has worked with such notable artists as Madonna, Jack White and Kanye West. Shooting took place in Los Angeles over a period of two days.
The 3:17 minute clip opens with Stewart exiting a liquor store, looking foxy in tight jeans, a white cut off t-shirt and brown suede boots. She loads her swag into a vintage blue 1965 Mustang GT and turns the ignition, which cues the lead intro to “Ride 'em on Down.”
Stewart speeds wildly through the streets of L.A., past a Stones' billboard for Blue & Lonesome, teasingly sucking on a blue Tootsie Pop, while fishtailing and grooving to The World's Greatest Rock N' Roll Band. She stops at a gas station, plays air guitar and does some dirty dancing at the gas pump while Stones frontman Mick Jagger growls “I believe I'll ride 'em on down.”
“It didn’t take much more than a few words to get me amped on the idea," says Stewart in an NME article about the shoot. “The Stones, a 65 Mustang, alone in Los Angeles and the shoot was just as dreamy as the idea. We tore LA apart in a day and we had one hell of a soundtrack.”
Originally written in 1937 as “Shake 'em on Down” by Bukka White, the song was later covered under the title “Ride 'em on Down” by Eddie Taylor and has become a Delta blues classic. The Stones join a host of blues giants from Big Bill Broonzy to Mississippi Fred McDowell who have covered the song, as well as contemporary artists from Savoy Brown to Led Zeppelin, who have also used the song's lyrics in their work.
“Ride 'em on Down” was released on Nov. 25 as a one track limited edition electric blue 10" vinyl record of "Ride 'Em On Down" via UMC label for Record Store Day. It is one of 12- tracks on Blue & Lonesome, which is available here in both standard and deluxe editions in CD, vinyl and digital formats.
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Blue and Lonesome track listing:
Just Your Fool
Commit A Crime
Blue and Lonesome
All Of Your Love
I Gotta Go
Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
Ride ‘Em On Down
Hate To See You Go
Hoo Doo Blues
Just Like I Treat You
I Can’t Quit You