As a brand new country artist on the scene, Bailey Zimmerman has skyrocketed to success quickly, topping the Billboard Country Airplay chart with not one, but two debut songs ("Fall in Love," "Rock and a Hard Place."

He has also been accepted into the music community with open arms — and not just country.

Zimmerman was on air with the nationally syndicated morning radio program Big D and Bubba in the Morning recently, and he told a pretty epic story about an encounter he had with the lead singer of the multi-Olatinum rock group Nickelback, Chad Kroeger.

He details a time he went to Winners Bar in Nashville, where he ran into Kroeger from Nickelback.

"I go up and we're talking, and he's just the greatest guy," Zimmerman recalls. "Next day, we go to dinner with Brantley Gilbert and Jelly Roll, like crazy table, gangster vibe. Chad runs the whole thing, he's awesome at hosting, and he hosted us that night and we're having a great time, having drinks. Chad looks at me and he goes, 'Hey, you got a passport?'"

"I was like, yes," the country newcomer says. Chad then told him, "'All right, you're getting on my jet, grab two of your favorite writers and come to my house in Vancouver, and we're gonna write songs.'"

Zimmerman went, and they wrote songs for a couple days, 13 hours straight each day. The singer, who's just 23, was overtaken by the stardom, he admits, recording vocals in the same vocal booth where huge Nickelback hits like "How You Remind Me" were recorded.

It was quite the experience for anyone, let alone a young singer-songwriter trying to make connections to right his path in music. Zimmerman is currently on tour, promoting his debut album, Religiously. The Album., which dropped in May.

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With Dolly Parton's 2022 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and, even more recently, Willie Nelson's nomination for the 2023 class — it's clearer than ever that country artists have a place in the Cleveland-based institution's hallowed halls. But the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has always shown love to country performers, to a certain extent: Johnny Cash, Chet Akins, Brenda Lee, the Everly Brothers and Hank Williams are all past inductees.

Based on the criteria the Hall has set forth, that nominees should be acts who have had "a profound impact on youth culture," there are still many more country artists who deserve their spot in the Hall. Flip through the gallery below to see Taste of Country's top picks for who the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should induct next.

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With Dolly Parton's recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the country and rock genres are closer than ever before — but she's far from the first country artist to venture into rock territory, or vice versa. Here are 35 songs that show just how great the musical crossover between country and rock can be.

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Kid Rock has a rough-and-tumble image, but he didn't exactly grow up in humble circumstances. His childhood home was a 5,660-square-foot luxury home in Michigan, situated on 5.5 acres that includes 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 5-car garage, along with a partially finished walkout and guest house. There's also a 3 stall horse barn, regulation tennis court and inground pool. The 22-room house was renovated in 2004, and it also has a hot tub and a wet bar.

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