When Kid Rock stormed the 2009 CMA Music Festival, bringing his unique brand of Southern rock-meets-hip-hop to the otherwise country-only extravaganza, his cameo at one of the event’s many sold-out shows wasn’t the only big surprise.
“In Tennessee, there’s only two words that would describe class, beauty and talent: Martina McBride,” said the Michigan native before bringing the powerhouse vocalist. Sitting on a stool beside the rocker, McBride did mutual friend Sheryl Crow proud, belting her lines on the Crow-Rock country-crossover duet, “Picture.” It was a chill-inducing moment — which Rock demonstrated by rubbing his arms after the first McBride verse — and the highlight of a set list that included his “Sons Of Detroit,” “Cowboy” and “All Summer Long” (which samples Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” also big favorite among the CMA Fest crowd). Other artists on the bill that evening included Rodney Adkins, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean.
“Picture” was seven-years-old at the time and Kid Rock’s highest debuting single on the charts. It sparked future duets with both its recorded and CMA female counterparts. Crow and Rock teamed together again in 2003 for the breezy, romantic “Run Off to L.A.” And in 2012, he recruited the “Independence Day” singer for the thought-provoking ballad “Care”, also featuring rapper T.I., on his 2010 Born Free album. (He says he wrote the tender tune with McBride in mind.)