Release Date: Jun 19, 2007
Record label: Mercury Nashville
Genre(s): Rock, Country
Serious country fans know that "Lost Highway" is a Leon Payne-written Hank Williams classic, but even though Bon Jovi's 2007 album shamelessly trades on iconographic country imagery in a bid for a genre-skipping crossover hit, it's designed for those country fans who don't much care about Hank's legend (never mind knowing anything about Leon Payne). Lost Highway has little to do with any country prior to Garth Brooks, a move that makes sense since Garth was the gateway drug to country music for old Bon Jovi fans in the '90s. In that regard, it makes perfect sense for Bon Jovi to refashion themselves as a modern country act, because their heartland anthems are as thoroughly middle American as any country artist, and in 2007 country was at the core of mainstream pop music; in other words, the band's fans already have made the crossover, so they wouldn't see this crossover move as crass, just as catching up.
Review Summary: Bon Jovi goes country? I wouldn't bet my saddle on it. Or the farm. Please, someone shoot this horse and put it out of its misery.'O Lord, he's a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll. And the world is topsy turvy.Well, not really. As a matter of fact as Jon Bon Jovi ….