By Kurt Wolff
It’s no secret that many contemporary country fans (and artists) have a soft spot for rock ‘n roll. And that’s exactly the driving force behind Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a new collection that features country artists performing songs by one of the biggest rock groups of the past few decades.
Set for release August 19, Nashville Outlaws features such artists as Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Moore, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Darius Rucker performing 15 different Mötley Crüe classics including “Home Sweet Home,” “Live Wire” and “Kickstart My Heart.” See the full track list below.
“The Big Machine guys [and label president] Scott Borchetta said, ‘Hey we want to do a country tribute album to Mötley Crüe,'” lead singer Vince Neil told Radio.com about the project during a chat on the ACM Awards red carpet this spring. “It seemed like a crazy idea to me, but hey, it actually is working out!”
“I just heard the Mavericks‘ version of ‘Dr. Feelgood’ the other day,” Neil continued. “There’s just some really cool artists doing Mötley Crüe stuff, and even Mötley Crüe tracks that I forgot we even did! So they’re digging deep in our repertoire and doing some cool stuff with it. So it’s really, really exciting.”
Neil said that until recently he wasn’t too familiar with the contemporary country scene, though he did listen to some classic artists when he was younger.