Did the Stones ever do country? Really?


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mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Aug 16, 2012 - 01:41am PT
One of my favorite Stones stories is the one from the start of Keith Richards' Life. He talks about "Southern hospitality" and reflects on rednecks. Country Honk's their best attempt, if you will call it such, at country.
You guys might could try reading Life to get the low down on some country types who played with them on occasion. Bobby Keys is from Texas, as always a good place to be "from."
There's too many country groups who are way better than the old fossils, so who really would care if they put out a Sweetheart of the Rodeo of their own? Keith can do pretty much anything he wants and it's OK by me.

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Aug 16, 2012 - 02:07am PT
stones are the weakest of weak sauce

they play country worse than they play American blues, which is almost unimaginable

Captain...or Skully

Aug 16, 2012 - 02:22am PT
I liked the girl with faraway eyes

It's Country, man. Damn sure ain't Western.

Social climber
Aug 16, 2012 - 09:29am PT
I noticed the Coors can also. When that photo was taken you couldn't buy Coors anywhere east of the Mississippi or a line farther west. BITD, when living in New Orleans people would go snow skiing at Christmas and return with a trunk load of Coors. Being a rare commodity they would sell it for a premium and pay for the trip.

You were pretty hip if you had Coors in your icebox. I preferred the taste of Dixie to Coors; the toxins in the water down there added a certain bite to the brew. I forget how many un-kown toxins there were in the Mighty Mississippi at the time; but the # 193 sticks in my mind.

At least the photo proves the Stones were in-country.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 16, 2012 - 10:10am PT
As much as I hate to admit it, I used to bootleg stashes of colors from Wyoming back to California, during the embargo days. Have to be careful though, too much colors and you turn respooblikan, one of the reasons I had to quit drinking.....
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Aug 16, 2012 - 11:27am PT
Factory Girl.

Social climber
Aug 18, 2012 - 06:49pm PT
Rolling Stones ≈ Sweet Virginia
" We're country people at heart." Mick Jagger

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 18, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
Well T, as John Denver would say "thank God".

The burning Jagger issue for me is what did he really do with the acid-laced Baby Ruth at Dylan's house in Woodstock?


Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Aug 18, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
hey there say, Neebee - good to hear from you

I see what you did there zbrown. And I like it.

Trad climber
Aug 18, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
did cream ever do country?


Social climber
Aug 18, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
That is the strangest W Jennings song I ever heard. Just doesn't seem quite right.

Zb, Mick would never tell.


Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 18, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
Did Bushwacker ever do Mick Jagger? In any event I hope the taste was to everbody's liking. Oh yeah and praise Jesus and Neebee and Jack Daniels. Special thanks to AayCeeDeeCee


Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Aug 18, 2012 - 11:49pm PT
The Stones may have done some parodies of country.

They certainly did some parodies of rock and roll.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 19, 2012 - 12:30am PT
Did Canned Heat ever do country? Really!

You could say

yes, but only at Woodstock (Jethro Tull on flute)

Still wonderin' about that Baby Ruth

tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Aug 19, 2012 - 12:54am PT
Stones are great, and Dead flowers is a great tune. Country? Maybe?

Girl with Faraway Eyes is embarrassing, unless they are trying to make fun of country.

GP wrote some good tunes, but weren't the Dead doing "country rock" before Grievous Angel?

Anyway, if you go back far enough, rock and roll is just country like Carl Perkins and Chet Atkins, and if you go farther back than that, country music is a form of Irish and English music that came to America. If you count Texas swing, then you get to include Spanish and German oompa stuff.

So did the Stones play country? Not well, and not often, but if they play rock and roll than in that sense they do play country.

It's confusing so I decided along time ago, I'm going to like what I like, and not like what I don't like.

For you radiohead fans- how about this.


And they were heavily influenced by Buddy Holly- one of those early country/rock and roll player who was probably ripping off/influenced by others.

It's music. This is how it works.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2012 - 09:01pm PT
Wild horses, in the right hands, iscountry. Not that those stones still, ever did country!

Sitting here in rural Utah listening to KZMU, rock that when you're at Moab, the creek, mofo's! btw!
not only various country coverslip .WH but a bit from a new Stones release (almost wrote "LP" !) which seemed to rock!

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Oct 13, 2012 - 11:36pm PT
Did Jason Aldean ever do country? Really?

Which country, WTF?

Toby Keith


Oct 13, 2012 - 11:49pm PT
Yes, the Stones did country.

Incidentally, they just released a new track a couple of days ago.


Social climber
Oct 14, 2012 - 06:44am PT
↑↑ Now the question is did the Stones ever do "new country"?
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Oct 24, 2012 - 07:28pm PT

Just finished Twenty Thousand Roads. Really interesting and detailed. I enjoyed the book and learned some things. I don't think I like the author. He was all too eager to express his own personal feelings about people and other bands (why the intense hate-fest for the Eagles?).

I came to the conclusion that GP did in fact have soul. The scene that really brought it home to me was the funeral for Clarence White, where Gram interrupted the preacher and this sterile Catholic service at the gravesite and started singing. It sounds like many of the musicians at the service wanted something with more soul, but it took Gram to make it happen. And one by one they joined in with him.

No doubt that Parsons produced a pretty slim amount of, well anything relative to his talent. But the early death of both parents, his drug use, and his wealth sure explains a lot. I really appreciate the reference. It was a fun read.
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