Wondering where your favorite Pop and Rock acts have gone? Check your local Country station. These days, more and more musicians are finding an audience in the world of country music, so here’s a look at 10 Pop artists that have gone country.
Darius Rucker – “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”
Formerly the frontman of [lastfm]Hootie & the Blowfish[/lastfm], [lastfm]Darius Rucker[/lastfm] surprised fans with his country move in 2008. His song “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” debuted at #51 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Bon Jovi – “(You Want To) Make A Memory”
Whatever else you think of the hard rocker, know this: [lastfm]Bon Jovi[/lastfm] has long cultivated an admiration with cowboys and Old West heroes. So it didn’t come to anyone’s surprise that the Jovi was heading towards a country direction.
Jewel – “Stronger Woman”
[lastfm]Jewel[/lastfm] began her career in the pop arena with her albums Pieces Of You and Spirit. “Stronger Woman” is the first single from her first country album called Perfectly Clear.
Bret Michaels – “All I Ever Needed”
Infusing traditional country while remaining firmly rooted in rock ‘n’ roll, [lastfm]Bret Michaels[/lastfm] took a stab in making his first solo country single called “All I Ever Needed,” a song paying tribute to our U.S. troops. Go Bret!
[lastfm]Robert Plant[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Alison Krauss[/lastfm]- “Please Read The Letter”
In 2009, both Plant and Krauss released Raising Sand, a spellbinding collaboration featuring traditional blues and country-pop songs which won album of the year at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
[lastfm]Kid Rock[/lastfm] – “All Summer Long”
Aside from being known for igniting the rap-rock genre with Devil Without a Cause, Rock has released several country-tinged songs like this one which became a number one hit!
Jaron And The Long Road To Love – “Without A Woman I Love”
The Georgia-born former pop star who recorded under the pop duo [lastfm]Evan and Jaron[/lastfm] found success in his first solo single “Pray For You” as [lastfm]Jaron and the Long Road to Love[/lastfm] in late 2009.
Staind’s Aaron Lewis – “Country Boy”
[lastfm]Staind [/lastfm]frontman Aaron Lewis goes country on his new record, and “Country Boy” proves that country pop can come from unexpected places.
[lastfm]Jessica Simpson[/lastfm] featuring [lastfm]Dolly Parton[/lastfm]- “Made of Stone”
Being from Texas, it only makes sense that Simpson makes a country album right? Good thing she roped in [lastfm]Dolly Parton[/lastfm] on her 2008 country album Do You Know.
Uncle Kracker – “Follow Me”
[lastfm]Uncle Kracker [/lastfm](aka Matthew Shafer) music was more rap rock-based at the start of his career before switching over to country. This is one of his highest charting song to date!
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