Personnel includes: Kid Rock (vocals, acoustic, electric, steel & slide guitars, banjo, mellotron, bass, percussion, programming); Billy Gibbons (vocals); Kenny Olsen, Jason Krause (acoustic & electric guitar); Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Marlon Young (guitar); Bobby East (slide guitar, mandolin); Jimmie Bones (harmonica, piano, Wurlitzer piano, organ, background vocals); Johnny Evans (saxophone); Aaron Julison (bass, background vocals); Andy Sutton (bass); Rob Ebeling, Stefanie Eulinberg (drums); Thornetta Davis, Laura Creamer, Karen Newman, Misty Love, Sheryl Crow (background vocals).
Recorded at The Allen Roadhouse, Detroit, Michigan.
Personnel: Kid Rock (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, banjo, Mellotron, keyboards, percussion, programming, scratches, background vocals); Billy Gibbons, Hank Williams, Jr. (vocals); Jason Krause (guitar, acoustic guitar); Kenny Olson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd (guitar); Marlon Young (electric guitar); Bobby East (slide guitar, mandolin); Jimmie Bones (harp, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, Jew's harp, programming); Johnny Evans (saxophone); Dave McMurray (tenor saxophone); Larry Nozero (baritone saxophone); Rayse Biggs (trumpet); Stefanie Eulinberg (drums, background vocals); Bob Ebeling (drums); Aaron Julison, Misty Love, Shirley Hayden, Karen Newman, Laura Creamer, Thornetta Davis, Sheryl Crow (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kid Rock; Al Sutton.
Recording information: Allen Roadhouse, MI.
Photographers: David Unger; Dave Dion.
Kid Rock's self-titled fourth major-label outing finds him proudly reaffirming his blue-collar roots and love of classic rock and outlaw country music by inviting a bunch of famous friends to join him and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band in kicking out the Detroit-style jams. Any rap nuances are subtle, with turntable scratches sprinkled over the mid-tempo rocker "Rock 'n' Roll Pain Train," a hip-hop cadence pacing "Hillbilly Stomp" (featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top), and the kind of fanfare-laced "Intro" that you'd expect from someone who put out an album entitled COCKY.
Wielding an impressive array of stringed instruments, this Michigan native moves easily from a straightforward reading of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" to resurrecting "Hard Night for Sarah," a previously unrecorded song from the Bob Seger archives. Rock's appealing croon not only works well on the aforementioned Seger song, but on the Harry Nilsson-like "Run Off to LA," his reunion with former paramour Sheryl Crow. Otherwise, he's mixing it up with Hank Williams, Jr. on the lascivious "Cadillac Pussy," recasting David Allen Coe's "Son of the South" as the hyper-boogie of "Son of Detroit," and running through the autobiographical anthem "I Am."
Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.107) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.198) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...KID ROCK is a monster: raucous and clever and unpredictable....This album is proof that Kid Rock knows what he's doing..."
Q (4/04, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Rock's response is to ease off the hip hop and get back to the '70s, and it works."