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Is Kid Rock going country? 

The answer is yes – for his new single “Tennessee Mountain Top.”

“It’s the opposite of ‘Cowboy,’” Kid Rock explained. “‘Cowboy’ was the pilgrimage to L.A. and this is the pilgrimage back.”

Lyrics include: 

There ain’t nothin’ like a Tennessee mountain top| Some straight shootin’ neighbors that don’t name drop| With a preacher man prayin’ for peace but still packin’ a gun|Singing karaoke in a double wide|With smoke so thick it’ll burn your eyes.

Kid Rock finished writing “Tennessee Mountain Top” on his own Tennessee mountain top, where he hosted a small gathering Tuesday night. The Detroit native turned 15-year Music City homeowner ran down to Nashville’s famous Prince’s Hot Chicken and picked up a couple of tubs of the popular eatery’s deep fried mild and spicy best for his guests. (These days, the singer prefers mild.) He paired it with potato salad, chocolate cake and plenty of beer and soda. He sat up a buffet behind the bar on the back deck of his camouflaged double-wide trailer on top of his mountain with views that stretch 15 miles to the Nashville skyline.

Between bites of food, Kid Rock said he stumbled on the property by accident. His car could only make it part of the way up the narrow, winding road, so he parked and walked to the top. When he saw the view, Kid Rock said he was sold. As for the trailer – that decision was born of impatience.

The singer planned to build a cabin on his property in Alabama but wanted it sooner than it could be built. He drove by a manufactured home retailer and stopped to check out its trailers.

“I didn’t remember when the last time I looked at a trailer was,” Kid Rock said. “I kind of scared this lady and her husband and I said, ‘What’s your most expensive trailer?’ I was a little impatient that day. She said, ‘Sir, that’s $89,000.’ I was standing there like, ‘Can I look at it?’ And she looked at her husband and I was like, ‘Are you guys actually thinking about it? You might not let me see it?’”

Kid Rock joked he was starting to get irate explaining, “We singers have got pretty good egos.”

The couple showed him the trailer and when he found out the manufacturer could make any change he wanted to its design – including reinforcing a wall or leaving the finish blank so he could get a 3M vinyl wrap in Mossy Oak – he was sold. Kid Rock ordered two on the spot – one for his Nashville property and another for his land in Alabama.

“Now she was just baffled and confused,” he recalled of the business owner. “I said, ‘I’ll leave you $20,000 for two of them.’ I thought her head was going to explode.”

With multiple homes scattered across the country, Kid Rock said he doesn’t live anywhere. But, he loves Nashville and its musicians so much he recorded his three recently released songs in a Music City studio. It’s a first. The singer typically records in Detroit.

“I just came down here, grabbed the best players in the world, sat around with a producer, drank beers and was like, ‘Play it again,” he said. 

Over the course of the night, Kid Rock was mum on his political aspirations — rumors have swirled he plans to run for Senate. But, his team touted a career altering announcement coming Oct. 23.
 

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