Interview: Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx Talk Country Tribute Album

By Kurt Wolff

When Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records, was presented with the idea of a country tribute to rock band Mötley Crüe, he didn’t hesitate. “He just goes, ‘Done,'” Crüe bassist, cofounder and songwriter Nikki Sixx told “And we [the members of Mötley Crüe] sat down and talked about it and said, ‘Wow, OK!'”

Sixx said the bandmates “got it” right away, because “a lot of ’80s rock fans are now new country music fans, and vice-versa. And the more we started talking to Scott, talking about the artists and how they love the band, it became really organic.” sat down in Nashville recently with Sixx and lead vocalist Vince Neil. Both spoke enthusiastically about the project, which features new versions of Crüe classics recorded by such country artists as Florida Georgia LineJustin Moore, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal FlattsDarius Rucker and Gretchen Wilson. Titled Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, the album hits stores and digital outlets Aug. 19.

Neil and Sixx both admitted they hadn’t paid much attention to country before they were presented with the tribute idea. But once they did, they realized that rock and country (especially in its current incarnation) have quite a bit in common.


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