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Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones

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The idea behind Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones is a good one. After all, country and the Stones both draw on the blues, and Jagger and Richards have written their fair share of country songs. Unfortunately, the album doesn't live up to expectations. Most of the it is filled with mainstream country artists who try to rework rockers into slick country-rock tunes. Only a handful of artists tackle country material -- Travis Tritt does an admirable "Honky Tonk Women," and Blackhawk contributes "Wild Horses," and Nanci Griffith offers a fine version of the splendid "No Expectations." A few other cuts work well -- George Jones does right by "Time Is on My Side," as does Ronnie Milsap with "Satisfaction," and Deana Carter's reworking of "Ruby Tuesday" is surprisingly effective -- but the whole album feels like a missed opportunity.

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