Rod Stewart’s Country Dreams Denied By J Records, Devil
Rod Stewart will undoubtedly start writing “slave” on his cheek and checking into “this whole Internet thing” now that J Records won’t let him record an album of country standards. What did you expect, Rod? Did you think you’d be able to luck into some “one for you, one for me” trade-off in this economy? Or even a “four for you, one for me” deal? It’s been 15 years since Unplugged…and Seated upended your pop career, and over five since you sold what was left of your career for a Great American Songbook. While I’d love to see you do something more daring (I’m not a big Black Keys fan, but I’d be curious to hear the musical outcome of your bromance), you’ll probably have to shut up and make that Christmas album.
“Everybody there (at J Records) is against [a country album], which makes me want to do it even more. Apparently, the idea didn’t test well, whatever that means.”
But the rocker, who is set to release the final LP in his Great American Songbook series later in the year, insists he will try and release a country record – so he can say he has tried everything in his music career.
He explains: “I want to do records for my own peace of mind. So when I do kick the bucket (die), I can say, ‘I did that.'”
However, legendary music mogul Clive Davis – who is the CEO of J Records – intends on a more festive direction for the British musician.
He says: “Clive Davis wanted a Christmas album but I’m not into that so much.”
Clive may not be the CEO of J anymore, Rod, but I’d suggest you forget about George Jones and settle for “Blue Christmas (feat. Tim McGraw).”