Detroit rocker Kid Rock may have kickstarted his career in the '90s by infusing rap with hard rock music, but nowadays, the musician has changed over to a more roots rock sound, and it fits him. This week, Rock released his tenth studio album, titled First Kiss.
Once again, Kid is supported with the Twisted Brown Trucker Band, who consist of Kenny Tudrick, Jason Krause, Jimmie Bones, Stefanie Eulinberg, Aaron Julison, and Paradime. Together, they've made an album with influences from country artists like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. to rockers including Aerosmith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bob Seger.
Songs like "First Kiss," "Good Times, Cheap Wine," and "Good Time Lookin' For Me" sound like they could have been chart toppers on FM radio back in the '70s. Groovin' guitar riffs, bluesy roadhouse piano playing, and Rock's honest lyrics are highlighted in all three. "Johnny Cash" and "One More Song" find the band using electronic drum beats and subtle samples to their advantage without losing the easygoing sound.
Harp playing in "Ain't Enough Whiskey" help give it a strong rock 'n roll attitude. "Jesus and Bocephus" finds Rock expressing his faith while giving thanks to his musical idol, Hank Williams Jr. "Drinking Beer With Dad" and "Best Of Me" find a vulnerability in Rock's lyrics that we all can relate to with a timeless country rock flavor. Female vocal support is featured in both songs, adding an sympathetic ingredient to the mix.
Closing out the explicit version of the album is "FOAD" (Fuck Off And Die), which shows an angry side of Rock paired with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. The clean version of the album closes with a censored version of the track called "Say Goodbye."
Kid Rock sings that he doesn't want to read Facebook or Twitter, and could care less about Coachella. His main concerns are having a good time in a dive bar with music, cheap alcohol, and women. His lyrics are simple and honest, and the music compliments that. First Kiss is the type of album that's best consumed with friends and easy living.
Recently, Kid Rock announced a string of shows in support of First Kiss billed as The $20 Ticket Is Back! tour. For further information on that, as well as his latest music and news, check out his Zumic artist page.