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Pontiac-Born Guitarist Is Rockin' With The Kid

Of the Oakland Press

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Marlon Young is in the pinch-me stage of being part of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band.

“I think it still hasn’t really sunk in,” says the Pontiac native, who joined Rock and company last summer after co-writing one song, “I Am,” on 2003’s “Kid Rock” album and four tracks on last year’s “Rock N Roll Jesus.”

“I’ve been struggling with music my whole life, having that dream of doing it, to get that opportunity. It hasn’t sunk in that I co-write on one of the hottest records in the country, y’know?”

The Kid Rock gig actually brings Young, 41, full circle on a music path that started when he picked up guitar at four years old and learned about music from his father, who sang in the popular local covers band, Sound Creation. Young had his own band, Space, in junior high but gave up music for a bit while attending Pontiac Northern High School; “Girls came into play,” he says with a laugh.

But he picked it up again after graduating and worked with Kid Rock during the mid-’90s, when the Romeo-born artist, who now resides in Clarkston, was moving from rap to a full-band rock hybrid venture.

“I blew my break and quit Kid Rock a year before he signed (his record deal) with Atlantic,” recalls Young, who subsequently logged time in Nashville and Los Angeles and worked with blues singer-songwriter Shannon Curfman during her brief time in the spotlight in the late ’90s.

“But I left (Rock) on good terms — but left, and I didn’t reconnect with him or didn’t see him until a few years after he became famous.”

Rock’s longtime engineer Al Sutton, who works regularly with Young, recommended the guitarist to Rock. “Marlon’s a good guitar player,” says Rock (real name Bob Ritchie), “but I think he’s even better as a songwriter. He’s always got a ton of ideas.”

They’re still coming, Young says, even as Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band are on the road with their Rock N Roll Revival tour, which is currently booked into December. And as far as he’s concerned, Young plans to stay part of the Kid Rock camp well into the foreseeable future.

“I’m happy; hopefully Bob’s happy,” he says. “I think the band sounds great, and I’ve already started to take him ideas for the future. That’s all I do; I get up in the morning and try to write every day.

“I’m already thinking about what’s next and still hungry for Bob to say, ‘I like that song. Let’s work on that.’ That’s my drive at this point.”

Kid Rock & Twisted Brown Trucker with special guest Rev. Run and Uncle Kracker perform again at 7:30 p.m. Friday (July 25) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $55 pavilion, $29 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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