One of my earliest memories is of my mother cleaning the house with rollers in her hair, singing and dancing along to The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women. Most likely she had just finished licking green stamps while watching Phil Donahue and needed some inspiration to get her chores done. The Stones gave her that motivation. Little did I know how influential this band would become later in life when dance became my career. I must pay homage to Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones for my musicality, rhythm, timing and sweet dance moves.
First time I ever listened to the album Let it Bleed, I fell in love with the song Country Honk, the original, country-western version of Honky Tonk Women. Although stories vary how the song was altered from country to rock, it turned into a #1 hit and the rest is history. Present day: Honky Tonk Women remains my favorite song, Keith Richards is alive and well, Mick Jagger is still making babies, and the Rolling Stones continue to rock.
Whether or not you like the Stones, you’ve got to give them credit for their longevity in the music business. They keep pumping out quality rock-n-roll while selling out tours worldwide. For me, it was a no-brainer to theme my new farm after the greatest rock-n-roll band in history. After all, the Stones took their name from a Muddy Waters song, so why not pay tribute to them for everything they have given me?
Although friends helped me brainstorm Stones-themed names for my animal rescue, like Gimme Shelter and 40 Licks, Country Honk stuck in my mind like glue. So welcome to my Country Honk BLOG and to Country Honk FARM. I look forward to sharing my experience leaving the city I called home for 48 years to move to Tennessee to do something I know nothing about…new build construction, barn erecting, caring for livestock, and farming. Between the animal’s goofy personalities and silly antics, and my story of glam queen turned farm girl, this journey should be classic.
Gimme the Honky Tonk Blues…