Sunday, August 26, 2007

Podunkian Music Club

Bon Jovi- Who say’s you can’t go home

Their days of the big hair seemingly behind them, Bon Jovi still looks to find a niche in the current music structure and heads south to keep the sounds current.

So where does a rock band go to seek out a broader audience? Well if the latest Bon Jovi effort is any indication, down the road to Nashville and over to the Country, Pop and Adult Rock audiences.

Lost Highway is the latest recording for the New Jersey based band, and since its release has spawned more than a few hits, including a couple of duets with country stars such as LeAnn Rimes and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, which is featured as tonight's selection.

The summer has been kind to the Bon Jovi Hit factory, they found themselves high in rotation in both country, pop and adult oriented rock stations, the CD finding success both at your local store and through iTunes and it’s many online competitors.

In our search for some details on the recording we came across this backgrounder on the recording of the project, as Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora spent time in Music City writing, recording and jamming with some of the best that Nashville can put up on a stage. It’s an interesting look at the development of an album and gives us a bit of an idea where they were at as far as the path the band was on in early 2007.

As their fan base grows older, they probably are looking for a less intense sound, so Living on a Prayer meshes into Lost Highway or Wanted dead or alive channels into Wanna start a memory with little complaint.

Every band evolves over time, some fall by the wayside as others disintegrate from internal tensions. It doesn’t seem to be the fate for Bon Jovi, a different sound for a different audience seems to have paid off, the tribute to the Nashville sound combined with the well known New Jersey chops seems to have been a pretty good experiment.

Artist-Bon Jovi
Recording-Lost Highway

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