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Bon Jovi enjoying country music 'experiment' 8 July 2008
Eagle Tribune article

Source: Eagle Tribune

Much has been made of Bon Jovi's latest release, "Lost Highway," being the group's country record.

But guitarist Richie Sambora says calling the album country is a misnomer.

"It's not particularly a country album," said Sambora, during a recent conference call with reporters. "It's more of a Nashville-oriented kind of record."

Descriptions aside, Bon Jovi has made an attempt to reach out to fans of country music, which as a genre has embraced more of a rock 'n' roll influence in recent years.

First came the 2005 CD, "Have A Nice Day," featuring a country version of the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home," recorded with Jennifer Nettles of the country group Sugarland. The song spent two weeks at No. 1, making Bon Jovi the first rock act to top the country charts.

Even if it's not a full-on country album, "Lost Highway" represents a further foray into the world of country music.

For the project, Sambora and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi traveled to Nashville to try writing with a number of country music's tunesmiths. The trek produced songs written with Gordie Sampson, Hillary Lindsey and Brett James.


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