Bon Jovi's Lost Highway
Lost Highway is Bon Jovi's tenth studio album since the band formed in the early eighties. One hundred and twenty million albums and 2,500 concerts in over 50 countries later, Bon Jovi is enjoying the greatest popularity in their history.
"Artistic freedom is what made this record possible," says Jon Bon Jovi. "Musical freedom to explore and emotional freedom to express what was in our hearts."
The result of that dynamic freedom is Lost Highway, an album Jon describes as "a Bon Jovi record influenced by Nashville."
"I've been going to Nashville since 1991," Bon Jovi explains. "Nashville is all about songs and songwriters. If you're someone like me who loves songs and hanging out with songwriters, Nashville is the place. I thrive on that feeling and I'm inspired by that creative ambience."
The result, a haunting set of 12 new and original sounding songs, is a stunning, multi-layered look into the nature of love and life in all its glory. Love, like life, is lost, found, forgotten and reclaimed in this collection. The moods are many, but the core feeling is pure Bon Jovi.
"Writing this record with Jon was deeply cathartic," says Richie Sambora, who collaborated on ten of the songs. "I was going through emotional changes that were new for me. An ailing father. A painful divorce. The start of a new chapter in my life. I poured everything I had into this project, every last bit of soul at my command."
Adding to the classic Jon Bon Jovi/Richie Sambora collaboration are the collective contributions of others. The journey was overseen by two celebrated producers.
The first, John Shanks, is, according to Jon, "practically the fifth member of the band." Shanks' credits include Bon Jovi's 2005 Grammy Award- winning album, Have a Nice Day. The second, Dann Huff, one of Nashville's superstar producers, has enjoyed major successes with most of country music's biggest names, including Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts.
"The flow between the two production styles," adds Jon, "was natural and smooth. In fact, the entire creation of the album is as free as the open road."
"I look at Lost Highway as a diary of a period of time," says Richie.