AZCentral.com recently caught up with Kid Rock to talk about working with producer Rick Rubin on his album 'Born Free,' the song "Forty," touring with Sheryl Crow and more!
Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Q: What attracted you to the idea of Rick Rubin producing?
A: We've been talking about it for years. His conversations with me were kind of like, "I really think with the state of rock music and what's going on, you're one of the only people who could have a real shot at making a good blues-based American rock record. It's not being done." There hasn't been a lot that's made me want to buy a record and go home and listen to it, outside of maybe Zac Brown and Jamey Johnson. I'm sure there's some obscure things, too. But for the stuff that's somewhat in the mainstream, there hasn't been any rock stuff that's blown me away. I think the Foo Fighters do a good job and . . . I don't know, there's not a lot.
Q: Your album before this, "Rock and Roll Jesus," was the biggest selling album of 2008. Did you feel any pressure to do it again?
A: My totals are always up there at the top. I never have huge singles. I hit once a while with an "All Summer Long" or a "Picture." But I've sold 25 million records and never had radio hit after radio hit. "Born Free" is platinum. How many rock records are platinum? I just believe you make a good product and try to get the word out.
Q: How does it feel to be out on the road with Sheryl?
A: It's tough being the responsible one every night. (laughs). She wants to party all night. I'm lookin' after the kids, saying, "Sheryl, maybe we ought to shut her down. We've got a show tomorrow." (Laughs). No, she's family. I absolutely adore her. She's hands-down one of the coolest women I have ever known and just a phenomenal talent.
Read the full interview at AZCentral.com.