Kid Rock Explains Himself, And His Sound

Rapper Kid Rock came up through the ranks in Detroit alongside Insane Clown Posse, but you won't find any Faygo-spraying or other ICP-type antics in his musical mix, just a blend of hip-hop, funk, rock, jazz, country, and blues.

That blend, found on his latest effort, "Devil Without A Cause," is the natural byproduct of more than 10 years of work according to Kid Rock.

"I was just being real," he told MTV News recently of the sound found on "Devil." "Those are all of my influences. Everything I was raised on... from my parents dressing me up in little cowboy outfits to singin' 'Bad [Bad] Leroy Brown,' Jim Croce, you know. Out in the barn parties, out on the dirt floor, to spending a lot of my time in Mt. Clemens, [Michigan,] out in the hood DJing basement parties, you know, and really getting into hip-hop and breakdancing and stuff, you know. The older brother or older sister with the Trans

Am coming over, you know, rockin' Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd and stuff and I always liked it all. I'm just a sucker for a melody." [28.8 RealVideo]

Well, as long as you say so, Kid Rock. "Devil Without A Cause" is the artist's fifth release on his own label Top Dog Records, and the first co-venture with Lava/Atlantic Records. Kid Rock is currently out on tour with Bolt Upright, and will be playing next at Houston's Instant Karma on Wednesday with his backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band. The tour runs through December, and here's where to catch it:

  • 11/11 - Houston, TX @ Instant Karma
  • 11/12 - New Orleans, LA @ Jimmy's Club
  • 11/13 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
  • 11/16 - Orlando, FL @ Sapphire Supper Club
  • 11/17 - Jacksonville, FL @ Fat Kat Music Hall
  • 11/18 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
  • 11/20 - Spartanburg, SC @ Magnolia Street Pub
  • 11/21 - Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club
  • 11/22 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
  • 11/24

    - Washington, DC @ Bayou

  • 11/25 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
  • 11/27 - Boston, MA @ Axis
  • 11/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
  • 12/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Top Cat