Has anyone else noticed that a lot of "pop" music these days is actually closer to country than rock? Take, for example, Nickelback and even the Hinder song "Lips of an Angel". Despite Hinder's attempt at rock musician antipathy, the song is clearly country music.
I am actually enjoying it! I am not a fan of the "older" country, but enjoy the sound of some of the newer acts (Keith Urban, for example) I agree that the newest Nickelback song does sound a bit country. I don't think "Lips of an Angel" sounds country, though.
I heard some of Bon Jovi's stuff, and I think it sounds great!
Jon Bon Jovi was a guest judge on American Idol this past season. On the results show that week, Bon Jovi was on and played one of their songs from the new "country" album. It certainly isn't twangy country. But, I think it has a terrific sound. I just love Bon Jovi so much, anyway, though.
I'm with you, happy. There are certain elements of "country" that are used in "rock" and vice versa. It's not the music so much that I listen to, but the words, so they're universal. The tempo is just different.
I think that artists (especially those who've been around a while) have been having a hard time coming up with new ideas. It's not uncommon for the musicians to reach out to other genres for inspiration and new ideas.