Instead of being a “Freak on a Leash,” Jonathan Davis, lead singer of iconic Nu Metal band Korn, is now looking to be a “Freak on a Lasso.” That’s right, Davis is goin’ country for his next record and fittingly, he’s working with the Freak Parade.
This week, Davis announced on Instragram that he is currently in the studio collaborating with country duo Big & Rich on the project. Interestingly, he included the hashtag #Bakersfield to his post. While Davis is from the California city, the hope is that the allusion is a nod to the legendary country sound of artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.
Davis now joins a LONG list of rock and rollers who have made the pilgrimage to country radio as both the Modern Rock and Album Oriented Rock radio formats have continued to change their direction over the years (Yes, country radio fans, other radio formats “evolve” too. And yes, Modern Rock radio is just as guilty of pushing aside aging well-established artists to skew to younger and hipper audiences).
Rock radio’s loss though, for the most part, has been country radio’s gain. In the last decade, country radio has welcomed a handful of talented artists including Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish), Sheryl Crow, Aaron Lewis (Staind), Kid Rock, and most recently Bret Michaels (Poison) and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) to the format with varying degrees of success.
Without hearing the songs, it’s hard to say if Davis is “Here to Stay” with this new country endeavor or for that matter if it’s “Trash,” or not. I’d like to think that we can all agree on one point: Let’s hope that this one time Fred Durst doesn’t follow Davis’ lead.
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Author: Scott Colvin
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