Here is an excerpt of an article from CMT.com of host Kid Rock visiting the 'CMT Music Awards Pressroom.' The interview took place backstage at the 2011 'CMT Music Awards' on Wednesday, June 8 in Nashville, TN.
Without warning, Kid Rock bounded on the press platform, causing photographers to scramble for their cameras and reporters to reach for their recorders. First he fielded a question about when he's going to make a country album.
"Man, that's tough. I just enjoy music, so to narrow it down and say I'm just going to go country ... plus, man, they do so much stuff in country I'm kind of amazed about. I've been touring my butt off for 25 years. They're signing autographs for 24 hours and talking to radio shows. You can't play a show until 11 at night and then get up and go to a radio station and beg them to play your song," he said. "I just like being me. Whatever that is, I own it."
Asked for his reaction to Jason Aldean's rap-infused "Dirt Road Anthem," Kid Rock teased the reporters that he should be thanked for being one of the first artists to blend those styles. Then he noted, "Country and hip-hop are not that far apart in spirit. It's all blues music. Country's really been good about it, especially in my lifetime, about opening up to a lot of genres. ... Country's kind of opened its arms and said, 'If it's cool, we're going to embrace it.' There are so many artists who never get their due who could be rock, could be country, and country's blazing the trail in being open-minded."