Kid Rock's 'Cowboy' (August 1999)
Kid Rock has made his connection to country plenty explicit over the last decade, presenting himself as an artist in the blue-collar, Rust Belt tradition of Bob Seger. Officially, Rock's country association started with "Picture," his charting duet with Sheryl Crow. Years before, he'd released the mainstream rap-(roots) rock single "Cowboy," pairing quasi-outlaw imagery with a twangy guitar figure and crunchy, country-fried chording. His former DJ, Uncle Kracker, soon followed suit with the guitar-heavy single "Yeah Yeah Yeah," so it was no surprise when Kracker too eventually wound up aiming his music at a country audience.