Rock's follow-up records became more rock-, country-, and blues-oriented, starting with 2001's Cocky.His collaboration with Sheryl Crow on the song "Picture" was his first country hit and biggest pop hit in the US to date charting at No. After 2003's Kid Rock and 2006's Live Trucker sales declined from the previous releases, he then released Rock n Roll Jesus in 2007.He chose his stage name while performing at these venues; club goers dubbed him "Kid Rock" after they had enjoyed watching "that white kid rock." Ritchie eventually ran away to Mt.Clemens at 15 and stayed with his friend Chris Pouncy.
He later recruited Joseph "Joe C." Calleja, whom he met at a 1994 concert in Roseville, Michigan, as part of the group.He released an EP called Fire It Up in December 1993 that featured the song "I Am the Bullgod", which would not be a hit until six years later. The singles "Prodigal Son" and "My Oedipus Complex" were released, but failed to find a niche.Continuum did not see a future with Kid Rock after this, and released him from his contract in 1994.The album featured the song "All Summer Long", which charted at No. In 2010, he released Born Free, which featured an eponymous song that became the political campaign theme of Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.Rock released Rebel Soul on November 19, 2012, behind the rock hit "Let's Ride". Kid Rock released First Kiss on February 24, 2015, behind the hit title track.