Remember Who Was Kid Rock’s Other Duet Partner on ‘Picture’?
Kid Rock scored one of the biggest hits of his career with "Picture," a country duet with Sheryl Crow. But did you know Crow was not his original duet partner on the single release of the track?
Crow and Kid Rock — whose real name is Robert James Ritchie — co-wrote the country-rock ballad, which appeared on the rap-rocker's 2001 album Cocky. The heartbreak ballad showed a very different side of the singer and rapper, whose previous single was a heavy rock-rap song titled "You Never Met a Motherfu--er Quite Like Me," but when Rock's label, Atlantic, decided to release "Picture" as the fourth single from Cocky, Crow's label, A&M Records, refused them the right to do so, feeling it was the wrong move for Crow.
Kid Rock had also received pushback on the song, which some involved in his career thought would ruin his outlaw bad-boy image. He ended up enlisting edgy country artist Allison Moorer for an alternate version of the track that stretched out a bit longer and included not only a more genuinely country vocal performance, but also a different guitar solo.
That version was released to radio, but stations across the country began playing the album version with Crow without permission, and Crow appeared alongside Kid Rock in the official video for the song on a version of "Picture" that was a more mainstream blend of country and rock elements. "Picture" ended up being a multi-genre hit, reaching No. 4 on Billboard's mainstream Hot 100 chart, No. 5 in the Mainstream Top 40, No. 17 in Adult Contemporary and No. 21 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
That's just one of the stories Taste of County covers in a recent episode of the video series The Secret History of Country Music dedicated to "Picture." Make sure to keep an eye out every Monday for a new episode of The Secret History of Country Music as Taste of Country News host Ania Hammar takes a deeper look at some of the most fascinating stories in country music. Garth Brooks is the subject of one episode, and Carrie Underwood has also been featured. Miranda Lambert is among the artists coming up, so make sure to subscribe to Taste of Country's YouTube channel so you never miss a new episode.
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