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Remember When Poison’s Bret Michaels Released a Country Song?

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In 2004, Poison singer Bret Michaels teamed up with Jessica Andrews to record “All I Ever Needed.”

The song appeared briefly on the Billboard country charts, but never caught on with radio or mainstream country fans. For longtime supporters of the ’80s rock band’s frontman, it’s difficult to listen to any ballad he sings without wanting to belt out, “Every rose has its thorn / Just like every night has its dawn.”

The formerly flamboyant rocker and Poison burst onto the scene in the mid-1980s as part of the glam-metal movement that also launched so-called “hair bands” like Bon Jovi and Cinderella. Despite the apparent dichotomy between the traditional themes of country music and Poison songs like “Talk Dirty to Me” and “I Want Action,” Michaels comes by his country influences honestly.

Much of Michaels’ solo work has had a country or country-rock vibe. In addition to the Freedom of Sound album, he released Custom Built in 2010. That project featured a duet with Miley Cyrus called “Nothing to Lose,” a love ballad that drew criticism as Cyrus was not quite 18 years old when it was recorded. Michaels is still looking for his first country hit.

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