Bret Michaels' upcoming solo album, Get Your Rock On, will include a few friends. "Loretta Lynn and I are gonna redo 'Every Rose Has It’s Thorn' together," he tells Rolling Stone. "And, for me, growing up in a family that my father loved country music and Coal Miner’s Daughter, this is gonna be a really awesome time."
How did the two come together? "I met her at Thanksgiving and it was really great. We were out at her ranch in Hurricane Mills and we sat there, me and her, and after everyone, the whole family and my crew sort of dissipated we sat there and started writing some songs together," he says. And one of the ideas she had was redoing 'Every Rose Has It’s Thorn' and I thought it would be unbelievable for me and her to do that together."
Among the other guests on the album are Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and Jimmy Buffett. "The song 'Get Your Rock On' has Phil Collen from Def Leppard playing guitar with me and it also has Sal Costa from My Darkest Days, really, really good guitar player and good friend," he says. "Jimmy Buffet and I did a live version of 'Margaritaville' together."
Michaels says the two duets, with Lynn and Buffett, will be "two bonus tracks." And of the rest of the record he says, "It is just straight up in your face rock & roll."
"Every Rose Has It's Thorn" is just one of the songs that came from his Thanksgiving jam session with Lynn. There will be more. "There are two songs we wrote together. One of them is going to appear, she’s a doing a new album with T-Bone Burnett, we’re gonna go down and do one on that," he says. "And then we’re gonna do one [on] an album that’s called Me, My Guitar And I, it’s a record that will come out either later in the year or sometime next year."
Michaels will be very busy in 2012, with Poison hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard in addition to his two planned solo albums. He gets off to a raucous start tonight at the Saban Theater in L.A., where he'll close out the Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project's Salute To Live Music. The night, which will be co-hosted by Sharon Osbourne and Steve Vai, will also feature Shelby Lynne, Robert Cray, A Fine Frenzy, Dave Koz, Ledisi and more.
"Sharon Osbourne hosting this, you’re talking about one of the biggest personalities with Sharon, Steve Vai, one of the best musicians and coolest guys, that’s a good day," he says. Though Michaels did notice one thing about all of the acts on the roster. "I think everyone on the bill has either gotten a Grammy or been nominated except for me. I am the Susan Lucci of rock & roll without a nomination," he says laughing.