Kid Rock: Popular Music’s Most Refreshing Artist
Those who know little about Kid Rock may dismiss him as a “devil without a clue.” They might think of him as nothing more than a rapper who knows a few guitar chords and got lucky with a crossover hit or two.
Kid Rock’s hardcore detractors look way down on the Detroit-native. They view him as a boorish dullard who raps inanely, marries blonde floozies, and sings insipid country music tunes in between swigs of cheap whiskey.
In actuality, Kid Rock is an accomplished musician and songwriter. He can play several instruments (all self-taught) and writes most of his own music. He even has his own music studio at his palatial Detroit estate.
Furthermore, he’s not like most popular musicians.
In a day and age of political correctness and rock stars trying to out liberal one another, Rock is a breath of fresh air. He speaks his mind and he’s not a bleeding heart “Obama-crat.” Rock supported Romney in the last presidential election and the candidate used his song “Born Free” at events.
Even if you disagree with Rock’s politics it’s nice to have a different point of view every once in a while. Popular music can get very one-sided.
In other words, Kid Rock is not your ordinary “American Badass.”
He has a 19-year-old son, Robert James Ritchie, Jr. When Rock found out he was going to be a father he didn’t run from the responsibility he embraced it. He has raised his boy as a single dad.
Rock is quite the philanthropist. Last year alone he gave nearly one million dollars to various charities. Much of that money stayed in the Detroit-area. He even raised funds for the Detroit Symphony. Rock is also involved in several military charities and has performed for the U.S. troops all over the world.
As you can see there’s much more to Kid Rock than his outlaw image.
Rock’s latest album, Rebel Soul, dropped November 19. He produced the opus and was aided by his longtime back-up band, Twisted Brown Trucker. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200.
To promote his ninth studio offering Kid Rock is hitting the road. His tour of North America begins Feb. 2 in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center. It ends April 6 in Saginaw, Michigan. That’s the second of back-to-back nights Rock has planned at the Dow Event Center.
Major stops on his itinerary include Kid Rock at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas on Feb. 10; Kid Rock at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Feb. 15; Kid Rock at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 21; and Kid Rock at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY on March 2.
Of course, Rock’s most admirable quality isn’t his music or his raucous live shows. It’s his attitude. When asked what he wants people to think when they hear his name, Kid Rock answered “it doesn’t matter.”