The Rolling Stones have released a previously unheard version of one of their most influential songs, and it’s a lot more country than you’d expect.
Recorded in 1970 at at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, this version of “Dead Flowers” has a more soulful and gritty sound than the one later recorded on their hit album, Sticky Fingers. This alternate version is one of many that are featured on the Sticky Fingers anniversary reissue, which will hit stores on June 9. The song is an interesting and slightly unexpected example of the country influences that originally made its way into their music during the album’s initial development.
The sound of Sticky Fingers was highly influenced by the friendship between Stones member Keith Richards and Gram Parsons. Parsons’ love of country music influenced Richards so much musically that more country-inspired licks and melodies were interwoven into the Stones’ next few albums released throughout the 1970’s.
The Rolling Stones are currently out on their massive Zip Code Tour, which will feature Brad Paisley as an opener during their Nashville show at Bridgestone Arena on June 17.