The Stones made a lasting impression on me as well, Mr. Vinson. "Sympathy for the Devil" is a tune that haunts me to this day.
I almost forgot: I can feel the compassion and the love behind your voice.
A good overview on the Rolling Stones. Vinson has a hip, natural touch for this music reporting. I can just see M. Jagger in those early days,wild-eyed', singing Satisfaction!
My favorite Stones album has to be Exile on Main St., which I think most critics regard as their best too. You are right on, when they do the blues or country, they do it probably better than anyone out there. I have never seen them but will probably pay whatever price if they come close to Tennessee.
American Blues men should tip their hats to the Stones and other British musicians for their love and support of authentic blues. Because of the popularity of the guitar, young Americans most likely would have discovered the blues anyway, but the guitar heavy British invasion surely helped.