By: Gary Graff
Sammy Hagar has released a second track from his upcoming "Sammy Hagar and Friends" album -- the upbeat "Bad on Fords and Chevrolets," a collaboration with country singer Ronnie Dunn, exclusively via Billboard.com.
Hagar tells us the song was key to the album; prior to working with Dunn, Hagar was planning to record an album of songs that referenced different sonic styles he's explored during his 40 years of recording. But "Bad on Fords..." led to the guest-filled direction the album ultimately took:
"What happened when Ronnie Dunn sent me that song, 'Bad on Fords,' and I heard his vocal and I cut it and we were really happy with it. But when I listened to his vocal, he sang it so good. He's such a great singer. I said, 'Well, would you sing a couple verses and do a duet with me?' and he did it and then it started looking like a duet record...I started calling up all my friends...and I said, 'Let`s get together and do this' and 'Let's get together and do that,' and so everyone responded. So it started coming together, just little by little."
The album also includes appearances by Kid Rock ("Knockdown Dragout"), Toby Keith (Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville"), Taj Mahal ("Winding Down"), Heart's Nancy Wilson ("All We Need is An Island") and instrumentalists such as all three members of Chickenfoot (Chad Smith, Michael Anthony and Joe Satriani), Journey's Neal Schon, Montrose alumni Bill Church and Denny Carmassi, Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and, of course, Hagar's own Wabos.
"Sammy Hagar and Friends comes out September 24, and the Red Rocker has four more dates left on his Four Decades of Rock Tour, which wraps September 7 in San Francisco.
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