For those who just can't imagine Kid Rock singing a duet with Sheryl Crow, the picture is about to come into focus.
Rock and Crow rejoined forces recently to film the video for "Picture," the fourth single off of his Cocky LP, in the same Detroit studio where the pair recorded the woeful country ballad, according to Rock's publicist. On December 8 in Rock's own Clarkston Chophouse studio, director J. b. Carlin recreated the situation that spawned the song. The video is expected to surface in January.
"[Sheryl and I] hooked up one year at the Grammys and talked," Rock said of first meeting his collaborator. "I had the idea for the song, and she came to Detroit, and we sat down together and bounced ideas off of each other. We wrote and recorded the song in a day and had fun hanging out for the next two days."
The heartbreaking "Picture" finds Rock and Crow trading verses about not being able to look at a photograph because the pain, for varying reasons, is too great. At first, it's the company of another that makes it uncomfortable for an on-the-road Rock to be reminded of his love miles away. The sentiment changes from simply sour to downright dour when the photo becomes a crushing memento of love lost.
Crow also played bass and 12-string guitar on the track, which has been the #3 single on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the past two weeks.
The decision to hand the reins over to a green, Detroit-based video director was all Rock's doing, and the move is in line with his tendency to help local boys get a leg up. Fellow Motor City MC Eminem made an appearance on Rock's Devil Without a Cause nine months before his major-label debut, The Slim Shady LP, dropped, and Rock co-wrote and collaborated on tunes of Twisted Brown Trucker Band DJ Uncle Kracker's first album, Double Wide. On his prior videos, Rock has worked with hotshot helmers such as Wayne Isham ("Forever") and David Meyers ("Bawitdaba," "American Bad Ass").
"Picture" follows previous Cocky singles "Forever," "Lonely Road of Faith" and "You Never Met a Motherf---er Quite Like Me." The album, Rock's fifth studio effort, has sold more than 1.1 million copies since its release in November 2001, according to SoundScan.