Bo Bice: New Look, New Album

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Bo Bice has a new look and a new album coming out. Bo’s third album, Different Shades of Blue, is set to be released, May 18.

Bo tells People magazine, “I have a new project with a new style of music, incorporating more country elements. With all these new aspects going on in my career, it was just another thing that I felt needed a bit of change.”

Hm. Country music for Bo? I could see that. The southern rock he’s been playing has always been country-fried.

Read more about it at People HERE.

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  • SybilTrelawney

    Nice look for Bo. And it totally makes sense for him to go rock/country crossover. I’ll have to give the album a listen.

  • deez

    Agreed. Great look!

  • BootStar

    Oh, hell to the YEAH on the makeover! I’m buyin’ THAT! :-)

  • madison

    Bo played the CMA Festival the last couple years and got a great response. I think country will be a good fit for his music.

  • Nina1

    Bo looks fantastic with the haircuat and I’ll bet that is a good album!

  • maturin

    Oh Bo. I loved him a lot back in the day. When Idol seemed simple. I didn’t think he’d win or become a big star, and he didn’t. Just wanted to see the guy from a down home bar band who could really rock it beat the weird creepies Constantine and Savol and that year’s mediocre teen boy (Federov) and challenge Carrie in a country vs rock finale. All of which happened. Simpler times. He seems like such a good guy, still. Yay Bo!

  • sunny2

    He actually looks younger!!!

  • ladymadonna

    Oh I love me some Bo. He looks fantastic (I covet that leather jacket), and I think this is a really smart direction for him musically. Very psyched to hear his new record come May, and I really hope he gets one of the coveted Idol performance slots again this year – he was fabulous when he appeared in S7.

  • BornToBeWildAFL

    Bo looks yummy! Now there is the real rocker of AI

  • lucy

    Yay! Yes, go country, Bo! Don’t know why he didn’t do this long ago. Current country male stars like Keith Urban rock out like crazy. When you listen to songs like “Valley of Angels” and such on Bo’s second album, you figure he’s been ever so close to country all along. Bo can just slide imperceptibly over into rockin’ country from southern rock and leverage his great voice and overall hotness into some *sales.* …. Hope the songs are good!

    Maybe things are looking up. He did get that Moe’s (Moe’s whatever) tv ad that’s been running occasionally during the Idol shows, and at least that’s bringing in a little cash and showing that somebody thinks he’s well known enough to do an ad! …. He has his old look in that one, though — love the makeover.

  • cwm

    I agree– Bo’s new look is great. I’m looking forward to hearing how he does with his new album. I always did like him.

  • sallysimmons

    What a great look.

    I’m not a country fan but I wish Bo the best. He’s so talented. Um, and now hawt!

  • WhisperFair

    Love the new look. He’s so very talented, and I think he has a great chance of making a splash in the country realm.

    P.S. I think his transcendent rendition of ‘In a Dream’ was one of the best performances on Idol ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmeS3v_w4Kk

  • revcat

    Bo looks good and country rock, he’s got that vibe… he’s a better looking Kid Rock. Go Bo!

  • boys3girls0

    Bo’s ‘In a Dream’ was perfection. Attention S9 contestants (and really almost every contestant from every other season except Adam). THAT’S how you have a “moment”.

    Love the new hair, love all the rings, love the clothes. Way to go Bo! I’m staying preview-free until his new album comes out, but I’m looking forward to picking it up and taking that first listen from start to finish.

  • cochem

    Good luck Bo on your new album..great look…got his last one and will check out this new one…

  • bjames

    Had he done this makeover on the show, he might have won. Just sayin’.

  • Sydia

    He is such a hottie! I always loved his voice. His music genre…not so much. Country seems like a great fit for him. Talented dude.

  • druzilla

    New look seems the same as the old look but that’s me. I really thought he’d have a stronger post Idol career.

    As long as his health is solid, maybe he can make a “come back.”

  • windmills

    Had he done this makeover on the show, he might have won. Just sayin’.

    I don’t think not winning hurt Bo. What hurt him was that Clive Davis-produced albatross of a “very special” 1st album that tried to remake Bo into a contemporary pop rock guy. What was that great line Bo had during his CMT In The Moment special, something about a poodle in a leather jacket?

    In 2005 there wasn’t a radio niche for Bo. Even without his serious health problems Bo was screwed because of that. But now Kid Rock’s scored a crossover smash with All Summer Long and there’s a good number of country acts with Southern rock among their influences so if Bo were coming out now, he’d be sent to Nashville to make an album. I don’t know how successful he’ll be marketing to country radio but he’s got a better chance today than he would’ve in 2005.

    I’m excited to hear Bo’s new music. Is he still releasing through his own label or is he going to sign with a Nashville label even if it’s an indie one. A label like Broken Bow might be a decent fit if he wanted to sign.

    On a shallow note that may be my favorite Bo picture ever.

  • DLee

    He looks like Jesus.

  • madison

    Bo’s album is coning out on Saguaro Road Records. It’s a newish label specializing in American roots music. They’ve also signed Lonestar, Edwin McCain, Joan Osborne, Blind Boys of Alabama, JJ Cale, Marc Cohn, and Patty Loveless.

  • Glamour

    I always loved Bo Bice! The best thing I like about him is he didn’t sell out and do crappy Broadway musicals. He kept his integrity and kept it about the MUSIC! Good for him! Can’t wait for the new album.

  • windmills

    Thanks for the label info madison! Saguaro Road is a pretty good place for Bo IMO. Not if he wants a big country radio push but as far as other marketing I think they’ll be good.

    I went searching youtube and found Bo singing Different Shades Of Blue. It definitely doesn’t sound country but it’s a nice little acoustic rock ballad. Bo sounds great!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib4wKRFdoQk

  • boys3girls0

    What was that great line Bo had during his CMT In The Moment special, something about a poodle in a leather jacket?

    That would be a penguin in a mink coat. “It’s still an effing penguin!”

  • Cari

    Country is such a great fit for him! Looking forward to it :)

  • tierbee

    Bo is my original Idol rocker love. Can’t wait to get new music from him.

  • ggdoorsfan

    bo was my guy in season 4, and he’s still my guy… love hearing him sing, and have never doubted he’d find a way to land on his feet… contrary to what many think, idol does find some real talent every now and then – you’re looking at one. go bo!

  • Adamslamb

    Love the new look. He always been good looking but now he is sexy. Looking forward to the new album.

  • movin2thabeet

    I think he looks alot more attractive in that pic.

  • revcat

    Idol fans are the only people I know of who consider the theater a step down. The magic of Broadway is truly mystical, I love it.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Looks good! Much better than they tried to make him look on that first album.

    I can easily see him doing country rock. The label sounds great, too. So much more believable as a country artist than some who’ve gone that route (KLC, DG).

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I thought he was already doing country? LOL
    …I’m not a fan…at all..

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    that season Bo was my fav, love the new look but I always liked his old look. good to see him doing well

  • unidentified

    Looking good, love Bo. I think he will do good putting a little country in his rock.

  • Pam

    This is nice new look Bo is sporting! I can see Bo going the country route.

  • abbysee

    I loved Bo’s second cd, it was so much grittier than Clive’s ‘special’ record. I have always loved Bo, he has such a great spirit, and his talent is just as sweet. Can’t wait for this cd, I don’t care what genre he sings, I am on board.

  • Allison

    Gee, Bo looks absolutely great! I hope his foray into country works out for him. He was my favorite during season 4. He did things, like Whipping Post, Money, and In A Dream I never expected to hear on Idol. I bought his first Cd, but not the second. I’m hoping I’ll like this one when I hear it.

  • sylvanaire

    I wasn’t watching in S4, so I never really became a fan, but he seems like a really cool dude, and he likes David Cook, which always elevates folks in my eyes, lol. I did see Season 4 Rewind, and seems to me, his hair was very similar to this when he first auditioned, maybe a little longer, but nothing like the long mane it became. I actually think it makes him look younger, to have it shorter this way. I could totally see him doing well in a country/rock kind of genre, and not have it be that much of a stretch from what his roots are, so good for Bo. I may check out his album when it is released.

  • Inconnu

    I love Bo Bice. He was my first American idol. He looks like he’s doing so great. He’s got a recording studio at home, he’s on his 3rd album now… he has a beautiful family – 3 boys – and he himself looks like a million bucks.

    Southern Rock is always what I associated him with. He revived the old Classic Rock on the show. He was awesome during his season.

  • ggdoorsfan

    i revisit these 3 performances of his from his season the most. he rocked my sox off then, and still rocks them off each time i go down memory lane… still digging mr. bo a lot!

    Bo Bice Whipping Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6dahKh0_Xo

    Bo Bice vehicle
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk773QwyA4Q

    Bo Bice Sings “In A Dream”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmeS3v_w4Kk

  • Truthiness

    That is a great picture of Bo. He is looking foine. I wish him nothing, but the best with his album. You go Bo!

  • MaryS-NJ

    I’ve never thought Bo was good looking… until now. I like the new do and I definitely think his new music is a more natural fit than what he produced after Idol.

  • evanjane

    Wow! Love the new look. The haircut does wonders. He looks great!

  • Hope07

    ggdoorsfan,
    Thank you for the reminder of those great performances. He’s a beautiful man with an incredible voice, and an even more incredible spirit. He was my first idol, and it’s wonderful to see him looking so fantastic. Can’t wait to buy his new album!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I checked out those youtubes and they were good. While in youtube land, I also discovered that Bo sang the title track for the movie “Blades of Glory.” LOL!

  • justjude

    ggdoorsfan, Thanks you for the vids and what a great trip down
    memory lane. Whenever I think of Bo Bice, I think of his long well
    kept hair that seems to have a fuzzy golden halo. When he swings it around for dramatic emphasis, I go to a whole other place Hee!

    He looks just beautiful with this updated cut(I’m so glad he did not take it all off ),as it suits him so much!

    I’m so glad for him that, after all his medical struggles, he chose
    to take a less demageing vehicle for his music.
    BO IS A KEEPER!

  • hicksaholic

    Love Bo’s new hairstyle. He is so talented and really should have won Season 4 in my opinion, even though Carrie has certainly won the commercial success competition.

    It kind of makes me sad that everybody is jumping on the country band wagon to garner some commercial success, I guess. My gut feel is it’s the same music they were doing before just adjusted to appeal to the country market.

    There’s an article on the front of the AOL page talking about soul music and a possible comeback. Wish that would happen.

  • RowZee824

    I liked both Carrie and Bo in Season 4 but probably voted more for Bo. Love his voice. I did not buy the first album but absolutely love the second. Can’t wait for #3. As to country, to me he already has that southern/country rock sound so I’d be happy with more of it.

  • abbysee

    It kind of makes me sad that everybody is jumping on the country band wagon to garner some commercial success, I guess. My gut feel is it’s the same music they were doing before just adjusted to appeal to the country market.

    There’s an article on the front of the AOL page talking about soul music and a possible comeback. Wish that would happen.

    I sorta always heard the country in Bo’s music. Just like I hear the country in Taylor’s music. I think Bo is a country rocker, and Taylor does country soul music. I think if they had both packaged themselves properly, or should I say identified themselves properly, then people could have gotten a better idea of what they were about musically. Certainly if Danny Gokey can be accepted into country, Taylor and Bo can. It seems alot more authentic, imho.

    As for a Soul music rebirth, it always comes back. It’s very much a part of who we are as a country, so it will always have a resurgence. I too can’t wait. I hate when America goes country. That too is a part of who we are, but I don’t have to like it.

  • jersey

    Best of luck to Bo. He was my first fav – even before Taylor. I only watched sporadically during season 4 and didn’t become a full time idol junkie until season 5; but when I watched during season 4, it was always for Bo. I hope the new cd works out well for him. He looks fab!

  • skylight1219

    Me likey Bo’s new look. I love Bo and always have. What a shame that Clive screwed him by trying to make him a pop star. If he had gone the country route from the beginning, I think his career would’ve been every bit as fantastic as Carries.

    Great news for a great guy!

  • windmills

    That would be a penguin in a mink coat. “It’s still an effing penguin!”

    That’s the one and it’s much better than I remembered!! Thanks boys3girls0.

    It kind of makes me sad that everybody is jumping on the country band wagon to garner some commercial success, I guess. My gut feel is it’s the same music they were doing before just adjusted to appeal to the country market.

    hicksaholic I agree with this. I probably shouldn’t judge by one song but the title track of Bo’s new album doesn’t sound much different than anything he did before and it’s not country. What it is is rootsy. Bo’s singing isn’t country either. But all Bo’s said is that his music will have some country elements to it, he’s not acting like he’s suddenly going full on country and trying to get full acceptance by the country community.

    Judging from where Bo’s signed he’s not going to be marketed to country radio because that’s not what his label does. I think they’ll have him doing interviews where country fans read aiming for the crossover between country fans and roots rock fans.

    I sorta always heard the country in Bo’s music. Just like I hear the country in Taylor’s music. I think Bo is a country rocker, and Taylor does country soul music. I think if they had both packaged themselves properly, or should I say identified themselves properly, then people could have gotten a better idea of what they were about musically. Certainly if Danny Gokey can be accepted into country, Taylor and Bo can. It seems alot more authentic, imho.

    I disagree about Taylor and Bo ever having country in their music. The big thing is it’s not there in either of their voices. Bo’s closer in that there’s always been a certain relationship between southern rock and country and that’s a bigger deal right now.

    Danny’s acceptance in country music is still up in the air. Every review of his album whether positive or negative has said he’s not a country singer and it’s not a country album – even Country Weekly which complimented his sincerity but says his album is basically Christian pop and blue eyed soul with an occasional banjo or down home lyric thrown in. But anyway there’s a difference because Taylor and Bo are going through indies instead of a major label so they’re not likely to get much radio play and they’re not declaring themselves country. Plus Bo’s had long time relationships with some country writers including Chris Tompkins from their Muscle Shoals days. IA Bo’s got a lot more credibility bringing country into his songs whereas IMO Taylor and Danny (who are similar singers) threw/are throwing some blue eyed soul/pop songs at country radio to see if they’ll stick because country radio’s playing a wider variety of songs these days.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3YHYMTRTGCFHBYH2WXRV6JJKGM John

    I guess this is an old article.  Oh well.