Cowboy (Kid Rock song)

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"Cowboy"
Cowboy Kid Rock.jpg
Single by Kid Rock
from the album Devil Without a Cause
Released August 17, 1999
Recorded Temper Mill Studios, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Country rap, rap rock, southern rock
Length 4:17
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) R. J. Ritchie, Matthew Shafer, James Trombly, John Travis
Producer(s) John Travis, Kid Rock
Kid Rock singles chronology
"Bawitdaba"
(1999)
"Cowboy"
(1999)
"Only God Knows Why"
(1999)
"Bawitdaba"
(1999)
"Cowboy"
(1999)
"Only God Knows Why"
(1999)

"Cowboy" is a single by Kid Rock from his album Devil Without a Cause. The song's rapping style has been adapted by country artists like Toby Keith, Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton. Many musicians have been influenced and inspired by this song, who include Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Eric Church, Colt Ford, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan. Originally referred to as the genre "Hick Hop", it has gone on to be labeled as "Bro Country". His 2008 single "All Summer Long" helped push along the bro country genre more so then "Cowboy". Both have themes of partying, drinking, boats, cars, and girls. The song also helped influence a more prominent hip hop from the south, drawling on country music in Bubba Sparks, Rehab, The Lacs and Moonshine Bandits. Kid Rock actually did this first on the song "Desperate-Rado" on his independent release The Polyfuze Method in 1993, but "Cowboy" broke into the mainstream.

Kid Rock describes the song as "Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Run-D.M.C." . The song uses dobro, slide, banjo and a ragtime piano, which was actually a sample of The Doors' song "L.A. Woman". The song "Cowboy" was originally rejected by Atlantic Records, after Kid Rock told them it was the best song he had written to that point.

The song is about how Kid Rock had foreseen his move to Hollywood to become a star. "Cowboy" peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100, 34 on The Top 40, 5 on Mainstream Rock Chart, and 10 on the Modern Rock charts. The song is used as the walk-in music for UFC fighter Donald Cerrone. This song was used in the first promotional commercial for WrestleMania XXV. An instrumental remake of this song was used by Jeff Jarrett in WCW. "Cowboy" appeared in the movies Shanghai Noon, Ready To Rumble, Serving Sara, Matchstick Men and Coyote Ugly.

In 2000, Kid Rock and The Neptunes made a rap single version of the song. There was also a live version released on the "American Bad Ass" single in 2000. The song was performed during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004. A live version was released on 2006's Live Trucker with a bluesy into given to it.

Porn star Ron Jeremy and actor Gary Coleman made cameos in the music video, which was a spoof on Smokey and the Bandit. Joe C and Gary Coleman dueled while Ron Jeremy pretended to do the piano solo.

Parodies[edit]

Cledus T. Judd parodied the song as "Plowboy" on his album Just Another Day in Parodies. Christian parody band ApologetiX recorded a parody called "Choirboy" on their album Spoofernatural.

Cover versions[edit]

Country singers David Allan Coe, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, as well as Kid Rock's former DJ Uncle Kracker have performed the song in concert.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
British Singles Chart 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 82
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 34
Australian Singles Chart 52

Personnel[edit]

  • Kid Rock - vocals,banjo, acoustic guitar, piano, harp
  • Bobby East - slide guitar, electric guitar
  • Matt O'Brien - bass guitar
  • Kenny Tudrick - drums
  • Misty Love - background vocals
  • Shirley Hayden - background vocals

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