Have you noticed how many country artists are performing classic rock songs?

Yesterday we reported that a bunch of country artists will be recording Motley Crue songs as a tribute to one of America's favorite 80s hair bands!

It's pretty cool that country music of today is influenced so heavily by classic rock songs.  Last year at the Waterfront we saw Kix Brooks perform "American Girl" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and we saw Miranda Lambert perform "Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo" the song made famous by Rick Derringer.

So today I thought that I'd go in search of today's country icons performing rock songs of yesterday!  It's good to get a different take on the songs that we love so much!  This is just a small sampling, can you think of any others?


  • 1

    Paradise City

    Carrie Underwood

    The American Idol winner from Oklahoma even has Axel Rose's "swagger move" down pat in this Guns 'N Roses classic!

  • 2

    Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo

    Miranda Lambert

    When Miranda Lambert performed this song in Bangor "the crowd went wild!"  Rick Derringer wrote and released the song back in 1973, and the line "lawdy mama light my fuse" was forever immortalized.

  • 3

    Hot For Teacher

    Brad Paisley

    Brad Paisley and six year old drumming sensation Avery Molek were breathing fire the night they played this Van Halen song together!  Pure rock n' roll!

  • 4

    Hot Blooded

    Getchen Wilson

    Country's tough girl knows how to rock!  Here's a great recording of Gretchen performing Foreigner's "Hot Blooded"  on Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show.

  • 5

    I Hear You Knockin'

    Keith Urban

    One of country's best guitarists grabbed an acoustic and really nailed the Dave Edmunds classic!

  • 6

    You Shook Me All Night Long

    Shania Twain

    OK, this is a pretty lame attempt at one of the greatest rock songs of all time.  Shania doesn't come close to AC/DC, but damn, doesn't she look good in leather!

  • 7

    Fat Bottomed Girls

    Eric Church

    Eric Church brings even more foot stompin' to the Queen classic.

  • 8

    Gimme Three Steps

    Kenny Chesney
  • 9


    Taylor Swift

    From CMT's "Crossroads" show.  Taylor Swift said that she grew up listening to Def Leppard and you can tell!