In September of 1997, Kid Rock and The Twisted Brown Trucker Band entered the studio to begin work on the landmark album, Devil Without A Cause. 20 years later, guitarist Kenny Olson sat down with the Talk Toomey Podcast to discuss the making of said album. Click player above to listen to the entire interview.

On Meeting Kid Rock:

“I met him when he first came out, when he was 18. When he got his first record deal. We have mutual friends. He was going back and forth to the east coast and I was going between Detroit, the east coast and the west coast. When the big earthquake hit Northridge in L.A. in 94, it pretty much annihilated my apartment. I couldn’t live there anymore because the ceiling collapsed. So I ended up back in Michigan. That’s when Kid Rock and I joined forces. It was weird going back to Detroit and getting our big deal with Atlantic Records.”

On Devil Without A Cause turning 20:

“We did Devil Without A Cause, which is going on a 20 year anniversary. That’s blowing my mind. We are tied with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in sales. All these great albums of all time and it be considered one of them, is an honor.”

On making Devil Without A Cause:

“When we made Devil Without A Cause, we made it very organically. We took all the beautiful mistakes and we didn’t create any polished turds. We didn’t record a record, we made a record. We wrote a lot of stuff on the spot and we just let all the beautiful elements come out of it. Even if we had a room full of expensive equipment, I would still pick a shitty amp to run a guitar through.”

On Devil Without A Cause being a collaborative effort:

“We were always together. We made it all happen together. The music industry is kinda crazy how it divides things, but we went through the trenches together

On what everyone brought to the album:

“It was just taking each one of us and our element, what we added to that sound. We all had a mutual understanding of what kind of music we wanted to make, we all shared a liking with, and it was straight across the board. Detroit Rock City to Motown to Rock to hip hop, funk, punk and everything in between

Looking Back on Devil Without A Cause:

“It still blows my mind. It was a prime era of my life. It’s indescribable. I don’t think people would believe half the stories that really happened. It’s pretty mind blowing and I feel blessed for a lot of it, ya know.”

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