Years active: 1998 – 2007 (hiatus), 2009 – present
Big & Rich (also known as Big Kenny and John Rich) is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. Rich was a founding member of the country music band Lonestar and later a solo artist for BNA Records, while Big Kenny was formerly a solo artist on Hollywood Records.
Big & Rich's first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", plus collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride. Comin' to Your City, released in November 2005, added another top-20 single, the Vietnam War-inspired "8th of November", and two more top 40 hits. Joining the duo on this album were Cowboy Troy, Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson. 2007's Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace produced the duo's first number-one single, "Lost in This Moment". Both before and during the duo's hiatus, Rich has worked as a producer and songwriter for several other artists.
After this album, both members went on hiatus and released solo albums in 2009: Rich's Son of a Preacher Man and Big Kenny's The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy. These also produced the duo's first top 40 solo entries: Rich with "Shuttin' Detroit Down" and Big Kenny with "Long After I'm Gone". In 2010, Kenny released his second solo country album, Big Kenny's Love Everybody Traveling Musical Medicine Show Mix Tape, Vol. 1. In 2011, Rich released the extended plays For the Kids and Rich Rocks, the latter of which included the Top 40 country single "Country Done Come to Town". Big & Rich reunited in May 2011 to release "Fake ID", a cut from the soundtrack to the 2011 film Footloose. A year later, the duo released its fourth album, Hillbilly Jedi, which produced the Top 20 hit "That's Why I Pray. In July 2013, Rich announced that the duo had begun work on their fifth studio album, tentatively titled Gravity. In January 2014, the lead off single to the album, titled "Look at You", was released.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license