In what might be the strangest country crossover attempt so far, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has revealed that he is working on a “country music project.”
On May 27, Davis posted an image of Big & Rich in a recording studio on his Instagram account. In his caption, he only said that the three of them were working on a project, but used the hashtag #bakersfieldsound, referring to the Calfornia-based subgenre made popular in the 1950’s.
It’s unclear what the exact details of the project are at this time. Davis’ band Korn is a popular nu-metal band that have released 11 albums since they started performing in 1993. Davis’ surprising new journey into the country realm follows the path of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who is releasing his own country album in 2016.
These new crossover attempts have been discredited by some country artists, who see their cross-genre moves as disingenuous and fueled by attempts to make money. 90’s chart-topper Clay Walker was recently quoted as saying, “I can’t stand to see outdated rock-and-rollers coming in to play country music.”
It isn’t clear if this is a permanent change for Davis as an artist, or just a collaborative one-off project. Either way, the result of this project will be one that is sure to cause some discussion within the industry.