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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:12 am | Updated: 2:22 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Kid Rock is nothing if not versatile.

Eight months ago, the Michigan native headlined the Tempe Music Festival with rockers Three Doors Down and the All-American Rejects.

Four months from now, Rock will headline the Country Thunder music festival near Florence with country stars Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

Kid Rock is nothing if not versatile.

Eight months ago, the Michigan native headlined the Tempe Music Festival with rockers Three Doors Down and the All-American Rejects.

Four months from now, Rock will headline the Country Thunder music festival near Florence with country stars Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

Rock’s music has always reflected a variety of influences, from rap to southern rock, but two of his most popular songs — 2001’s “Picture” and 2008’s “All Summer Long” — were hits on the country charts.

Rock (real name: Robert James Ritchie) and Nelson will headline the final night of the 2010 festival, which will run April 14-17.

The festival will again kick off with a Wednesday night indoor “saloon party,” featuring Eric Church and Neal McCoy, before moving outdoors for the final three days.

The Thursday lineup will be headed Gary Allan and Miranda Lambert. Australian crooner Urban and actor Kevin Costner will highlight Friday’s lineup.

Costner will sing with his Modern West band, a rock-country outfit he founded in 2007. The band released three singles from its 2008 country album “Untold Truths,” but none of them made the charts.

Country Thunder organizers pushed up the dates for this year’s festival to avoid a conflict with a NASCAR race in Avondale the following weekend.

Four-day general-admission passes already are on sale for $99. Single-day tickets are not available yet.

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