Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week is “Your Choice” week so I thought I do a little something different. As a teen and young adult of the sixties I had a lot of influences in my musical tastes. I was probably in the 9th or 10th grade when the Beatles landed in the first wave of the British Invasion. While the “Fab Four” where the sweethearts of pop music, the Rolling Stones were one of the edgier sounds. By today’s standards, the Beatles were what used to be referred to as bubble gum rock. Their music had a good beat, nice lyrics and a melody that was easy to remember. The Stones had a more serious tone with songs like Satisfaction, Wild Horses, and Beast of Burden. In the mid nineties country music experienced a rebirth of popularity with artists like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, and Vince Gill. In 1997 this resurgence lead to the release of an album in which popular country artists covered the big hits of the Stones. Honestly, some of the arrangements were better than the original, even if there were only minor tweaks to the music. So here a few Stones hits as covered by country artists.
I was going to save this video for a different theme week and I may choose to re-post it later just because I love it. What happens if you amp up the cow bell just a little, add the rasp of Travis Tritt’s voice and have swing dance experts Jason Colacino and Katie Boyle tear up the floor? Well, you get Honky Tonk Women.
One country group that enjoyed a short season of popularity in the nineties was “The Tractors”. Their cover of the Stones “The Last Time” is very well done.
Ruby Tuesday proved to be such a popular Stones tune that a restaurant chain was born. One of the female vocalists of the day was Deana Carter and her cover of this Stones song was easy on the ears.
Several Rolling Stones songs rose to the level of anthem songs for other bands and artists. These were songs that groups used to finish a set or a show with and were guaranteed to get the fans on their feet and leave them begging for more. Jumpin’ Jack Flash was just such a song and Rodney Crowell does it as well as anyone.
So if you’re looking for an album to add to your collection or playlist, Stone Country by these various artists might just be worth checking out have a blessed week and stop again any time.