He's not much of a talent at all unless he actually writes some of his own stuff (and he may), but even that is just lyric writing talent for rap music (which I do have some respect for, mind you). What really drives me nuts is he seems able to release one song every couple of years that they claim is country, really isn't, but the country world goes APE for. Like the one with Cheryl Crowe a couple years ago. I loved it when it first came out, but then the country stations played it every hour for months until I wanted to wretch.
Now we have his latest country foray, All Summer Long. The first time I heard it I went "hey, what a ripoff! That's Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon!" Go hit both on those Youtube links. Basically, All Summer Long takes the main tune from Werewolves and mixes in the guitar riffs from Sweet Home Alabama. I don't think the SWA thing is a ripoff since there's an SWA line in the song, so it's more like paying homage. But the main tune? Judge for yourself.
And then tell me what in the world makes this COUNTRY??? And, as usual, country stations are bowing to the pressure of every redneck in America requesting it OVER and OVER and OVER. Just shoot me now. I don't know who said it, but Kid Rock is living proof that "nobody ever went broke underestimating the American taste." Robert D. Raeford says that a lot on John Boy and Billy's radio show, but I'm pretty sure I've heard him say he swiped the line from someone. And yes, the picture I grabbed for this blog entry came from an actual MUG SHOT of Kid Rock. I better not hear anyone say they're surprised.