Today, Noisey unveiled a brand-new episode of Guitar Moves, starring none other than rock ‘n’ roll royalty, Keith Richards. The second part of his wide-ranging interview with Noisey finds Richards discussing the blues, his musical philosophy, and the power of music with host Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Zwan).
Richards (shown sporting an awesome Captain America t-shirt!) kicks off the conversation by discussing how he decided to start playing the blues in the first place, drawing inspiration from mother’s love of music legends like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Billy Eckstine. From there, Richards describes the biggest influences on his playing style, including the distinctive blues licks of Scotty Moore to Fats Domino’s own proto-rock ‘n’ roll.
Richards also talks at length about The Rolling Stones’ songwriting process, discussing how songs like “Under My Thumb” and “Sympathy for the Devil” morphed and changed as everyone in the rest of the band contributed their ideas and altered the songs’ original ideas.
“Mick came in with a song. It was a great song and the whole song was there, but it was very Dylanesque. It was a ballad,” Richards says about “Sympathy for the Devil.” “Suddenly, I’m on bass, [and] it’s a samba. But that to me is the beauty of recording. You go in with some semi-conceived idea of what you think this song is supposed to come out like, and it comes out totally different.”