Sunday, 26 January 2014

Songs in the Key of MY Life: Bon Jovi - Who Says You Can't Go Home

I always knew there was a Country Boy lurking in the heart of Jon Bon Jovi.
From the Poodle Rock beginnings, Jon Bon Jovi was always the man in charge of his music. Looking at the various interviews with the man, he seems to be driven by perfection. If his name is associated with anything, then he wants the final say. Not a bad thing. 

Since Keep The Faith and even before that, on Wanted Dead Or Alive or even the Blaze Of Glory album, Bon Jovi had a bit of  country/americana in their sound.

So, on the album Have A Nice Day, Bon Jovi recorded a song that was to give them their first US Country Number 1. It was recorded in two versions. The first with just the band. This was released as the second single from the album.

A second version of the song was recorded and  features the inimitable vocal talent of Jennifer Nettles from the Country duo Sugarland. This version was issued to the Country radio stations and gave Bon Jovi their first Number 1 in the Country charts in May 2006.

It is MY favourite version.

Jennifer with Sugarland

The success of this song in the Country charts must have had an influence on Jon to record the next album in Nashville. It is the country flavoured Lost Highway and is MY favourite Bon Jovi album.

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