Ke$ha Reveals Country Music Connection

Posted by Jessica Gertler on 02/14/2010

Electro-pop artist Ke$ha is topping charts worldwide with her latest single, “Tik Tok,” but most fans don’t know about her unique Country Music connections.

Kesha Rose Serbet’s mother, Pebe Serbet has written songs covered by Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. Parton covered Pebe's “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” and took it to No. 1 in 1980.
With Ke$ha singing about parties, beer and staying out until sunlight, her lyrics don’t typically coincide with Country Music songs. However, according to, the 22-year-old has a passion for Country classics.
“I think people should know the classics: Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, also Townes Van Zandt. I’m a huge fan of him,” Ke$ha said in an interview with PopEater.
The pop sensation also admitted Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline is her favorite album. “I grew up in Nashville, and so everything about that record is really special to me. When you listen to that record, especially on vinyl, and you’re either falling in love or waking up after a long night and you’re with all your friends, it just brings up a lot of nostalgia. It’s definitely worth a listen. I think everybody out there should be familiar with that record.”
Ke$ha, who moved to Nashville in 1991, said there were many advantages to being raised in Nashville. “The cool kids played the most instruments. Me and my brother had a punk band; me and my mom wrote songs and I taught my little brother all about music. [My mom] really taught me to tell a story, tell the real story and be honest. So, I [took] that mentality of Country Music and just put it in the words of a then 19-year-old sassy girl.”