Kid Rock eyes new album mixing musical styles

Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:45pm EDT
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By Martin Caballero

BOSTON (Reuters) - By his own admission, when Kid Rock gets some free time and no responsibility, he's a dangerous man -- albeit one with a charitable heart.

The Detroit rocker, rapper and country music singer, is riding high off the success of his hit 2010 album "Born Free," and he recently found himself with an open schedule after an extensive tour and sending his son off to college.

Reuters spoke to Kid Rock about his career's direction, and he let loose on several of his new plans: a "Care" tour this fall of small venues to help those in need, a promotion he plans with a new Jim Beam bourbon called Devil's Cut, and his hopes for a "Greatest Hits" album -- one with all new songs.

Q: Looking back on the success of "Born Free," would you say that was a milestone record for you in your career?

A: "I think it kind of solidified where I was heading with 'Rock N Roll Jesus' and kind of all the way back to the self-titled record (2003's 'Kid Rock'). This one I did with (producer) Rick Rubin and really followed his vision through the whole thing and obviously learned a lot. I know we wrote some classic songs, 'Born Free' for instance. I never thought I would beat 'Bawitdaba' as a show closer, but 'Born Free' is such a different sentiment."

Q: Will your next album continue with that or build on different themes?

A: "One thing I know I don't want to do is record in Los Angeles. I had too much fun doing that. My free time was ridiculous, and when I get free time with no responsibility, I'm dangerous (laughs) ... But I really want the next record to sort of be a 'Greatest Hits' with all new songs. The last record was very much in one vein, both sonically and theme wise. I want to do something that's all over the place with everything I love to do. I still love to do rap songs with rock guitars, I like country sounding southern rock stuff, I love to make heavy rock, I love the blues stuff. Every day I feel different about music but what never changes is my love for it. So that's what I want to do, put all that out there because I really enjoy it."

Q: Your fall "Care" tour is both a continuation of your recent charitable work as well as a return to playing small venues and clubs. Why did you decide to do this now?   Continued...