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The crowd went crazy when Poison’s Bret Michaels stepped on stage with Kenny Chesney YouTube

Rock ‘n’ rollers coming over to country music is nothing new. Darius Rucker left Hootie behind, Steven Tyler is here sans Aerosmith, and now former Poison frontman Bret Michaels is dipping his cowboy hat into country waters.

With the 2016 CMA Music Festival only a month away, the blonde rocker has been penciled into the starting lineup for the festivities as part of this years City Of Hope celebrity softball game!

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While it might seem like a stretch having Mr. “Talk Dirty To Me” in a country music event, it’s really not. Not only did Bret play in last year’s charity game, but he has also been in and around country music for the better part of the last 20 years. In addition to writing with many of Nashville’s best songwriters and playing alongside Kenny Chesney back in 2012, Bret has also collaborated with Chris Cagle and recorded a duet with former country cutie Jessica Andrews.

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As recent as last year, his 2015 song “Girls on Bars,” which he describes as Country/Americana, was written by hit songwriter Luke Laird whose resume includes “ “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church, Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” and “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood.

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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