Thursday, July 9, 2015

Musical Interlude: Love is Your Name (2015)

Over the last decade or so, a number of rock artists have crossed over to country, or, at least, had their videos appear on CMT. Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow scored a monster crossover hit with "Picture" in 2004. Uncle Kracker teamed with Kenny Chesney a year prior with "When the Sun Goes Down", the title tune from Chesney's CD. I've seen Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp videos air on CMT. Of course, you know also that former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker decided to shift to country to forge a successful solo career.

And while Taylor Swift has gone in the opposite direction with her first pop album, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is giving country a whirl. Like Springsteen and Mellencamp, Tyler might be a wee bit long in the tooth to make a career change, and, admittedly, were it not for the sound of banjos in the background, you'd think "Love is Your Name", from Tyler's solo CD, was just another Aerosmith song. It most assuredly isn't. Check it for yourselves.

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