Essentially a live greatest hits package 'Live' Trucker
, recorded before several different Detroit-area crowds, reminds us not only that Kid has long been an entertainer first and songwriter second but that he can surprise even the most jaded listener at the most unexpected moment. He works the urban hillbilly angle to the hilt, gives shouts out to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cobo Hall and
offers hope to disenfranchised kids in crummy apartment complexes and trailer parks from sea to shining sea via "Rock 'n' Roll Pain Train" and "American Bad Ass." Although the last name is Rock, Kid's never been afraid of letting a little bit of honky tonk piano into the mix or blending classic southern soul and the heaviest of rap 'n' roll as he does in "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp. He's also not opposed to revealing his deep and apparently authentic affinity for country, something he does during the touching "Picture" with his Nashville counterpart Gretchen Wilson. Ultimately, 'Live' Trucker
rises above the usual stopgap status of live and greatest hits recordings and stands tall, a statue of redneck rebellion, and reveals that Kid Rock's just getting started. --Jedd Beaudoin
Straight out of Detroit, it's the one and only Kid Rock! Kicking it onstage with his first-ever live collection. When I'm Dead....Kid Rock Live captures the multi-platinum Pimp of the Nation and his unstoppable Twisted Brown Trucker band blowing up venues from coast to coast with their genre smashing high-octane musical brew. Atlantic. 2006.