KID ROCK (1990–PRESENT). (Various backing musicians).
While not technically a metal act by the strictest definition of the term, Kid Rock (real name Robert James Ritchie, born 1971) has demonstrated that American hard rock, country, metal, and other fans can be united under the banner of beer drinking and hell raising. Kid Rock is not a metal singer, but many often mistake him for one, or his efforts to maintain the “party all the time” image of early metal as being authentically metal.
While Kid Rock may be more country rock or hard rock than heavy metal, his intent is to make popular music with metal leanings (actually as close to metal as classic Van Halen would be if the band lacked the virtuosity of Eddie Van Halen). Still, some of his songs lean in a metal direction; particularly if he is regarded as a part of the nu metal movement. Certainly some of his efforts rank closer to this genre than bands such as Limp Bizkit and Nickelback.
Discography: Grit Sandwiches for Breakfast (Jive, 1990); The Polyfuze Method (Continuum, 1993); Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp (Top Dog, 1996); Devil without a Cause (Lava, 1998); Cocky (Lava, 2001); Kid Rock (Atlantic, 2003); Live Trucker (Atlantic, 2006); Rock n’ Roll Jesus (Atlantic, 2007).