Bret Michaels – Jammin’ With Friends

by Chuck Dauphin

bret-michaels-jamminBret Michaels may be best known for his 80s rocker days with Poison, but he has been spending a lot of time in Nashville over the past few years. The rumor is that he is working on a full-fledged Country album. While this is not that project, it does contain several tracks that could fit right in on the radio – including a sensational collaboration with a Country Music Hall of Fame member that deserves to be heard.

Overall, this album is meant to be played – LOUD. With tracks like “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Talk Dirty To Me,” Michaels effectively takes the listener back in time to the days of hair bands and Tawny Kitaen-type video babes. But, not all the songs are from the 80s. “The App Song” is a nod to the technical word that we live in. After all, if we Tweeted as much in 1987 as we do now, there might not be as much car dancing as there was then.

Michaels also tips his hat to some of his favorite songs, such as Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Margaritaville,” which is actually taken from a Buffett concert with the man himself. Other guests on the disc include Joe Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Edwin McCain. But, the jewel of this collection is “Every Rose Has Its’ Thorn.” The 80s’ classic gets a guest appearanceĀ  – from the “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn.

OK, by now you’ve recovered. And, the cool thing is how talent and a love of music can truly unite two artists – no matter how different we think they are. This is a track that needs to be heard by the masses, and something tells me that if Michaels does ever release that Country album, we will hear it again. It’s well worth it!

If you want an album that you can simply put in the stereo (if you have a stereo!) and enjoy cranked to the highest decibel – this is the one! Enjoy!

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