“Country Honk” is a country version of “Honky Tonk Women”, released five months after on the album Let it Bleed. The country arrangement was the original concept of “Honky Tonk Women”.
According to some sources “Country Honk” was recorded at the Elektra recording studio in Los Angeles. Byron Berline played the fiddle on the track, and has said that Gram Parsons was responsible for him being chosen for the job (Berline had previously recorded with Parson’s band). Producer Glyn Johns suggested that Berline should record his part on the sidewalk outside the studio to add ambience to the number. Sam Cutler, the Rolling Stones’ tour manager, performed the car horn at the beginning of the track. Nanette Workman performs backing vocals on this version (although the album sleeve credits actress Nanette Newman). Other sources state that “Country Honk” was recorded at Olympic Studios right after “Honky Tonk Women,” with only Berline’s fiddle part overdubbed at Elektra Studios; this might be supported by the existence of a bootleg recording that does not contain either the fiddle or Mick Taylor’s slide guitar.

Edited by SirPsychoFlea on 11 Jan 2012, 14:41

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