Jason Krause - Kid Rock & Twisted Brown Trucker
Live105's BFD - Shoreline Amphitheater - Mt. View, CA - July 20, 1999
As we hung out at Live105 radio's annual show, the BFD ("Big Fucking Deal") at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View, California, we had the chance to finally witness Kid Rock gyrating and generating heat for already hot summer crowd. His backup band, Twisted Brown Trucker, let loose with some heavy backing sounds. After the performance, we happened upon guitarist Jason Krause, who was wandering throughout the crowd. We stopped him for a few moments of chat time.
K2K: So you don't like festival shows?
JS: Well, the festival shows are hectic. They got a lot of bands. A lot of big bands and a lot of small bands. They want you in. They want you out. Backstage they don't really care who you are and it doesn't even matter. You're in and out and it's really fast. There's not a lot of orginization. You don't get sound check. You don't get time to do your thing. You set up your show. You just get out there and it's raw. If you're a good band and you got good music, it's gonna go over good. If you're a shitty band that's all about your show and your stage shit, it's not gonna go over well at all.
K2K: What has the response been like from people?
JS: Great response. We've been getting nothing but love from people throughout the whole United States.
K2K: How long have you guys been around?
JS: Twisted Brown Trucker with Kid Rock has been around for 5 years. Kid Rock has been around for 10 years. He's got three albums out prior to "Devil Without A Cause" and all of them will be released around Christmas time. They hit hard, just like "Devil Without A Cause".
K2K: Are they all just like this album?
JS: "Polyfuse Method", just prior to this album, is a lot like this album. "Early Morning Stone Pimp", before that is hip-hop. More DJ stuff. A couple of samples. A little bit of drums and guitar. "Yodeling In The Valley", that's his first record.
K2K: What would you [musically] call yourselves?
JS: Run-DMC and Lynyrd Skynyrd in a blender. We got country, southern rock, rap, old school rock, old school rap, metal... You know, throughout the whole album, like "Only God Knows Why" is like Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" or like "Welcome To The Party" has some old Run-DMC and Sugarhill Gang. You got some Rage Against The Machine with "Ball Wit Da Ba".
K2K: Who is the short guy?
JS: Joe C. He's got Siliac's disease. He's not a midget. He's not a dwarf. He's got a disease. He looks like a 5-year-old. He stopped growing about 5 years old. He's the man. He's got his record coming out. He has a single on the South Park CD, "Kyle's Mom Is A Big Fat Bitch". That's coming out soon. We're doing a video, the whole nine yards. We just shot a video for "Cowboy".
K2K: Being from Detroit, do you ever get any backlash about Kid Rock being a white Dave Roth rocker looking blonde haired singer doing rap?
JS: A lot of people are stuck in the "white rapper" thing and it's not even about that. He's not even a full-on rapper, he's a musician. He's an artist. We do so many different styles of music. Detroit's blowing up right now. They're signing every white kid who even gives an attempt to write. We broke out before Eminem. He had pop radio before we did. But it's two different categories. He's a good friend of ours. He did a track on our record called "Fuck off". He's at the very end of that. It's a big family in Detroit and we're trying to break it.
K2K: What is your view of Eminem?
JS: He's the baddest MC in the world. He's a great guy. No one can touch that kid.
K2K: In a recent Rolling Stone interview with Eminem, and after listening to his lyrics on his CD, he seems like a tortured soul.
JS: He is. His record is similar to ours as far as how he feels. He writes on the moment. If he goes through something, he'll write it down. That's exactly how we do it. Everything you hear on our record we've done and we do. Everything you hear on his record he's done and he does.
K2K: What kind of stuff do you write about?
JS: Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. That's what we do. There's no[thing] political. There's no killing, no chopping heads off, none of that. It's a good time.
K2K: How do you like doing videos?
JS: Videos are fun. It's almost like a day off. You get to roam around, "OK, you're turn to shoot". We do it and then, back to the trailer. It's total Hollywood. "Cowboy" will be our fourth video.
K2K: The last song, "Ball Wit Da Ba", what was the video concept?
JS: Basically, it was mostly the director's idea. But, it's the whole sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. "Ball Wit Da Ba" is an old school rap chant. We put it into some metal and rap thing and came out with it.
K2K: What are your next plans?
JS: Our DJ Cracker, Al Jarvis, is coming out with his solo record. It's gonna be sweet. A lot of pop radio stuff on there. I'm going to take time off and get knee surgery. I was in Omaha and blew my knee out. I'm gonna do my surgery, do the next record, do Joe C.'s record. Twisted Brown Trucker's coming out with a record. Kid Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker are coming out with a new record. So we got a lot of recording to do. We're just working our asses off. We are busy. We got two busses out right now. One is our recording studio and one is our sleeping quarters. We're doing a lot of studio stuff and it's on the road. Yeah, and it's on a whole seperate bus.
K2K: Any final thoughts?
JS: Fans fucking rock! Nothing but love. We're double platinum now and the record's not even been out a year. It's blowing up! Much love.
Written by Philip Anderson

Philip Anderson is a musician, in addition to being a writer/photographer. He has performed as a guitarist/vocalist, as well as songwriter, in several bands over the past 20 years. As a writer and photographer, he has been published by several magazines and in several books, and had his works appear on television.

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