on the national country music scene with their monster hit, "Save
a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" in 2004, the duo Big & Rich
is Big Kenny Alphin, former lead singer for luvjOi, and partner
John Rich, former band member of Lonestar.
& Rich have either accidently, or by design, have since become
most noted for turning the country music scene on its ear by branching
out into other genres, teaming with such artists as John Legend
and rapper Lil
Jon in a country-rock-hip-hop fusion that has raised eyebrows
among traditional country music fans.
Formed in 1998, Big Kenny and John Rich were early co-founders
of the MusikMafia
that attracted a mix of singers & muscians to laid-back jam
sessions at "Pub of Love" in Nashville.
a Horse" as well as their debut single "Wild West Show"
were spun off their debut album, Horse of a Different Color, released
in 2004. Their
second album, Comin' to Your City, was released in 2005 with the
cover single resulting in another huge hit.
album, "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace" was released in 2007 and resulted in their
first No. 1 single, the wedding ballad "Lost in This Moment"
which also enjoyed major cross-over appeal on adult contemporary
Two years later, the duo went their separate ways only to reunite in 2011 to release "Fake ID" for the soundtrack to the 2011 remake of Footloose. A year later, Big & Rich released their fourth album, "Hillbilly Jedi", which produced the Top 20 hit "That's Why I Pray."
Their latest album release came in 2014 with the debut of "Gravity", their 5th studio album and the first under their own record label, Big & Rich Records. Another album release, planned for 2017, coincides with Big & Rich's appearance at the Trump Inaugural in January.