Kid Rock may not have always been a country singer. But he’s definitely always embraced the country outlaw persona.
And who better to idolize as a country outlaw than the legendary Waylon Jennings? Waylon is best known as one of the pioneers of the Outlaw Movement in country music. So, it’s no surprise that Kid Rock is a huge Waylon Jennings fan. In fact, he’s such a big fan that he had a Cadillac customized to honor the country music legend. Waylon Jennings was also a big fan of Cadillacs. So, after his passing, Kid Rock decided to detail a car in his honor.
Kid Rock brought his car to West Coast Customs in Los Angeles and asked the crew to design a Waylon-inspired vehicle. They painted the Cadillac silver and added a Western-style grill and a hood ornament that resembled Waylon’s famous logo. They also placed the logo in several other spots outside and inside the car.
The team turned six-shooters into door handles and added western touches to the interior. All of the designs were tasteful and subtle enough that Kid Rock could still use the car. Kid Rock wanted to honor Waylon but he didn’t want a Waylon Jennings shrine. The car turned out pretty sleek looking. We’re sure the outlaw legend would have been proud to take a ride in the custom Cadillac.
Kid Rock Recorded a Tribute Song For Waylon Jennings
A year after his passing, country music stars teamed up to release a Waylon Jennings tribute album. The album, I’ve Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings, featured covers from artists including Alison Krauss, Hank Williams Jr., and Travis Tritt.
Even Kid Rock recorded a song for the album. He teamed up with Kenny Chesney to record the duet, “Luckenbach, Texas.” The song was originally recorded by Waylon Jennings and featured Willie Nelson on the final refrain.
“Hanks is like a father to me and has said that Waylon was like a father to him,” said Kid Rock.”So I definitely felt a connection to Waylon through Hank.”
And Hank Jr. was quick to stamp out any preconceptions people have about his friend.
“He’s not a guy that just screams dirty words into a microphone,” Hank Jr. said about Kid Rock. “I’ve been around a few folks in my life. There were a lot of people down at daddy’s house in the ’50s, and there’s something about this guy that reminds me of those guys. People just don’t know it yet.”
Kid Rock added that when he gets together with Hank Jr., there’s music at all hours of the day.
“When me and Hank get together, you hear music until the cows come home,” he said. “We’re really a lot of the same person at heart even though we come from two completely different places.”