Pop and rock artists going country has been a theme in the entertainment business for decades.
From artists like Conway Twitty, to Tina Turner, to, most recently, Steven Tyler, we’ve seen a lot of musicians and performers who have had great success in their fields of pop and rock music turn to country for a little bit of a different musical flavor.
And while we always love seeing these talents try new things, there are a few artists who we just never suspected would take the country music route.
9 Artists We Never Expected To Go Country:
1. Cyndi Lauper
Honestly, a Cyndi Lauper-flavored country music album was the very last thing I expected from the 63-year-old artist. Yes, I know Cyndi was part of a rockabilly group in her younger days, but still, Detour was 100 percent out of left field for me.
2. Steven Tyler
After years and years of building a reputation as one of the greatest rock and roll gods the world has ever scene, Steven took us all by surprise when he decided to take up residence in Nashville and record a country album.
Don’t get me wrong, he sounds great, but I have to be honest, I’m really missing his Aerosmith days.
Remember this Nelly and Florida Georgia Line collaboration?
4. Tina Turner
It’s a little-remembered fact that Tina’s first solo record was actually a country album called Tina Turns the Country On!
What a curve ball.
In 2005, Bret traded in his signature bandana for a cowboy hat, releasing a full country album called Freedom of Sound. The only song of the record that really made any waves was his collaboration with Jessica Andrews called “All I Ever Needed.”
6. Kid Rock
After years of singing about strippers, drugs, guns and gangsters, Kid Rock decided to take a swing at the country music scene around 2007 — and it actually worked.
7. Jessica Simpson
Honestly, I forgot Jessica even had a career in music, but remember her 2006 country album Do You Know? It debuted at No. 1 on the country music charts and even featured Dolly Parton on the title track.
Can we also talk about how Willie Nelson is in the video?
8. Katy Perry
Not only did Katy hire Kacey Musgraves as her opener for her Prismatic Tour, but she also collaborated with Dolly Parton at the most recent ACM Awards.
9. Conway Twitty
After finding years of success in the pop music realm, Conway decided to try his hand at country music starting in the late 1950s.
He obviously found a lot of success in this genre and went on to accumulate the most country No. 1s in history — until George Strait came along, that is.