Nashville takes ride on the Crue's wild side

The boundary between country and rock ceased to exist long ago -- that is, if it ever really existed at all.

Sure, it was a big deal when Ray Charles' album of country and western standards went to No. 1 for 14 weeks in 1962. But these days, artists and their songs cross over between music genres with regular frequency.

So here's a tougher test: Does 1980's and 90's metal go together with country? Can the glam, grit and guitars of the Reagan-era Hollywood Sunset Strip co-exist with the current sound of Nashville's Lower Broadway? We're going to find out, because here comes "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue," which will be featured in ESPN's NASCAR coverage right up through the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Artists including Gretchen Wilson ("Wild Side"), Rascal Flatts ("Kickstart My Heart"), The Mavericks ("Dr. Feelgood") and LeAnn Rimes ("Smokin' In The Boys Room") take their turns covering 15 of the Crue's hits.

You can sample and/or buy the songs here: (iTunes | Amazon)

Here's Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue on the Eli Young Band's blusey take on "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)."