Bobby Blue Bland (music group)

Music Box: Rod Stewart back on tour with his tantalizingly sweet ballads

After years of playing Great American Songbook jazz standards (four releases now featured in a boxed set), it can be tough to remember the Rod Stewart of The Faces. He's out on tour again, this time on a double-bill with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. So the classic rock may re-emerge.

Hard to question his jazz motive as sales of his standards albums were enough to rocket Stewart to a second wave of success. Time moves forward and people get older, and he's gotten older, too.

The Faces, small and larger than life, had a handle on the British bar room sound. The Faces a la rocker Rod Stewart served up a career worth of playful nonsense, down home front-porch swing, and...