Did the Stones ever do country? Really?


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Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
One thing we do know, the Stones definitely did disco!

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:52pm PT

One of my favs! The Rolling Stones - Dear Doctor

So country-----I need to get drunk!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
I dunno if they ever did total country or not but let me tell you put on some Link Wray and you most assuredly will hear the Stones before the stones were even out of diapers. And that is cross breeding applaachia, gospel, delta blues, straight out of the fifties.

I'll see if i can dig some up.

OK listen to this and tell me the Stones were not influenced strongly by Link Wray ( as were most blues rockers)


this from Link Wrays Wiki:

Building on the overdriven, distorted electric guitar sound of early electric blues records, his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" by Link Wray and his Ray Men introduced "the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists,"[1] making possible "punk and heavy rock."[2] Rolling Stone placed Wray at number 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.[3]

Sorry to go on about Link instead of the stones but when i think of the Stones I think of Link Wray, and when i think of Link Wray i think of the stones. Wether or not thats country I don't know.

Trad climber
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
KLK- Graham Parson overrated? Shite. Take another listen!


that took awhile

yeah, just another rich hippy emo. he was as country as "shite." (sorry, couldnt resist.)

"grievous angel" is a great song-- but he didnt write it. "sin city" and "hickory wind" are good songs. let's push it a bit and say that "wild horses" is a good song. i don't think so, but i won't fight. that's three decent country songs. that's enough to make him a minor, forgotten song writer.

musically speaking, his rep rests almost entirely on his partying with the stones and the byrds and his partnership with emmylou. their duet on "love hurts" is cool, but it also (in hindsight) pointed the way toward that easy-listening destruction of honyky tonk in the late seventies.

i did like his nudie suit, though.

and back to the ot: "brown sugar" is the most country song the stones ever did.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
The Stones could only FAKE their country, lol.

Frickin limeys.


Mckinleyville, Ca
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:34pm PT

they just left out the pedal steel and put in a sax. go figure
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:35pm PT
Ta hell with the stones and cuntry. Link Wray was doing Carlos santana when Carlos was still jacking cars in school.


Gym climber
the secret topout on the Chockstone Chimney
Aug 13, 2012 - 11:37pm PT
Puscifer kinda takes the 'what is real country' cake IMHO:


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2012 - 12:02am PT
+2 Dingus!

Gonna check me out some Link Ray!
The Warbler

the edge of America
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:04am PT
How'd I fergit that one Rik?

That could be the winner.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:21am PT
Did the Stones ever do ska? really?


@Bruce Kay

Carlos did not attend school. They were closed in TJ, that's why he emigrated.

And, nobody can compare with Lincoln, who invented ska. (in my opinion).



Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2012 - 12:27am PT
Link Ray at first blush seems more of an influence on Dick Dale than the stones.....

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:27am PT
Link Wray was an influence on everybody, including Bo and Chuck and Dylan and Townes and ...

Oh yeah Jimi, God, Fahey, Bloomfield, ...


Oh yeah and Timid T -->

Not exactly hi-tech, but I was there (BTW Dick Dale played there too a few years earlier - kept breakin' strings).

Final Rumble, Glendale


Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:37am PT
That 's it. I 'm adding Rumble to the facelift jerk er I mean jam off. Link cut a country record prior to The Wraymen.

Edit. Gene Clark did as much as GP to create hippy country but gets no credit. He wrote most of the Byrd 's classics and made several good records post FBB.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:39am PT
Rocky Raccoon. And the Stones did a lot of borrowing from the Beatles.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Aug 14, 2012 - 01:37am PT
All Over Now
The only song I ever sang on stage with a live rock band.
Killed it.
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:23am PT
The Gram Parsons debate is interesting. I saw the documentary awhile ago and came away with the feeling that he was a spoiled, rich boy with no soul. Then I hear songs like A Song For You or Sin City and I think they're great, not good, songs. I mentioned this to Ed and he said, "then where did the soul come from?"

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2012 - 10:50am PT
Encased in rubber, lifted from the Beatles....


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:52am PT
The Stones...gotta love 'em....been doing it all these years.....Fred and Barney...

Social climber
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:52am PT
No Soul? Have mercy.
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