Red Hot Chili Heartbreaker for Kid Rock

(Gibson) Producer Rick Rubin took Kid Rock out of his comfort zone for the star's new album, Born Free, due in November. Not only does the album features collaborations with Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins and Martina McBride but Rubin assembled a heavyweight studio band that included Los Lobos singer/guitarist David Hidalgo, Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Kid Rock says he was excited to let Rick Rubin try something new: "I got a pretty good comfort zone: made all my records in Detroit, right by my house, and it's worked out pretty well so far. And to be pulled out of there, and go to L.A., and record this whole record there with these phenomenal musicians in a studio [was different].

"I'd play the song on acoustic guitar, we'd chart it out, we'd sit in a room as a band, play it three, four times, listen back, come out, play it three, four more times done," he said.

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