Bret Michaels‘ bid for country crossover status continues with his new True Grit solo LP, which includes a re-recorded version of the Poison hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” that features vocals by country legend Loretta Lynn.
The song is part of an overall Nashville arc for True Grit, which Michaels demonstrated with the recent release of a teaser video for the record’s first official single, “Girls on Bars.” This isn’t the first time this version of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” has surfaced; Michaels originally released it as part of his 2013 LP Jammin’ With Friends, but given how squarely it fits with the modern country slant he seems to be taking with the new record, he apparently couldn’t resist putting it out again.
“I’m going up against a big wall. But this has been my life story,” Michaels told Billboard of his quest for a country hit with “Girls on Bars.” “The first music I listened to growing up was my dad playing country music. He played pedal steel guitar and I played harmonica. The harmonica was the first instrument I ever learned to play. Then I gravitated towards the guitar and the piano. I just really loved great songs and country music has great songs.”
And as Michaels sees it, True Grit offers him an opportunity to add his own material to that legacy — past as well as present. “True Grit is really a record of just taking songs like ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time’ and remaking them from the catalog of my past, and then my present, and then my future,” he noted. “Songs like ‘App Song’ and ‘Get Undone’ that are going to be on this record are a taste of what will be coming in the future along with ‘Girls on Bars.’ I never ask for a ‘gimme.’ Never. All I ask for is a chance. And that’s what country music does. It gives me a chance to have a new hit, as well as play my catalog.”
True Grit is out now, and can be streamed in its entirety at Michaels’ YouTube channel.
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