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Can you guess which one of these guys from Bon Jovi is trying to go country? AP
In this Nov. 29, 2012, photo, rock band Bon Jovi, from left, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Jon Bon Jovi and Tico Torres pose for a portrait in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. Bon Jovi was in a jovial mood when he sat down with The Associated Press last week to discuss his group's upcoming projects, but turned somber when he discussed the some of the more painful events to hit him in 2012. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

Shock me, shock me, yet another rocker is going country.

Reports are that Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora is readying a duets record with his girlfriend and fellow artist Orianthi and yes, the two are promising that the record will have a country sound. While the gorgeous blonde rocker is a master guitarist who was playing lead in Michael Jackson’s band when he died, she actually has some country roots having played with Carrie Underwood at the Grammy Awards.

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“I’m a big country fan,” Orianthi recently told Rolling Stone. “The great thing about country songs is the storytelling. They’re really moving and well-crafted, and that’s something Richie and I wanted to explore.”

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And gosh knows Richie  is far from the first rocker to try his hand at country. Heck, he’s not even the first guy from Bon Jovi to do it as Jon partnered with Jennifer Nettles on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

Produced by Bob Rock who also led Metallica’s “Black” album, Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood” and Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet,” the Sambora/Orianthi project could release a single as soon as June 2016.

“There are songs where I’m just singing and he’s backing me up, and vice versa, and songs where we’re singing together,” Orianthi says. “It really takes you on a journey, and there’s a great blend to our voices.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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