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Big & Rich are one of the most successful and flamboyant duos in country music history. They formed out of the ashes of other projects; John Rich had been an early member of Lonestar, and “Big Kenny” Alphin had pursued a solo career on Hollywood Records. They revolutionized country radio with the release of their debut album, ‘Horse of a Different Color,’ in 2004, by blending contemporary country and rock influences in a way that hadn’t been done before. Their debut single, “Wild West Show,” peaked at No. 21, but their second single, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” was a massive commercial breakthrough, accompanied by a colorful video that received extensive airplay. They’ve gone on to score hits with “Holy Water,” “Big Time,” “Lost in This Moment” and others. They have also written songs, both together and separately, for other artists including Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson and more. Big & Rich took a hiatus after 2007’s ‘Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace,’ with both members pursuing solo work. They reunited for ‘Hillbilly Jedi’ in 2012 and released their most recent album, ‘Gravity,’ via their own newly-formed label in 2014.

  • Full Names: William Kenneth Alphin and John Rich
  • Birth Dates: Nov. 1, 1963 and Jan. 7, 1974
  • Top Songs: "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," "That's Why I Pray," "8th of November"
  • Did You Know? They helped co-write "Amarillo Sky," which became a hit for Jason Aldean.
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Big & Rich Take Viewers on Road Trip in ‘California’ Video

Big & Rich's "California" music video is a sun-fueled road trip as the actress in the clip heads west to the Golden State.

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Big & Rich’s John Rich Is Building a Guitar-Shaped Swimming Pool

John Rich is no stranger to fun. The singer, who is one-half of Big & Rich, is working on a guitar-shaped swimming pool.

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Big & Rich, ‘California’ [Listen]

The first release from their forthcoming album, Did It for the Party, Big & Rich's "California" mixes a hint of rock 'n' roll with plenty of laid-back style.

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Big & Rich Returning With New Single, 2017 Album

Big & Rich are lining up a new album, set for release in late 2017, titled Did It for the Party. The album's first single is a track called "California" and is currently on country radio.

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Big & Rich to Perform at Donald Trump Inauguration Event

Country music will have a big presence surrounding the inauguration of President Elect Donald Trump. Big & Rich are amongst the artists schedule to appear.

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Big & Rich to Headline Musicians on Call Benefit

Big & Rich have been selected as headliners for the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) second inauguration charity event benefiting Musicians on Call.

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John Rich Turning Nashville, Vegas Into Redneck Rivieras

John Rich is giving Nashville and Las Vegas some man-made coastlines with his new Redneck Riviera bars, a derivative of his lifestyle brand by the same name. Music City’s Lower Broadway and Sin City’s Grand Bazaar Shops will be home to the watering holes, a venture he says he’s wanted to pursue for a long time.

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No. 26: Big & Rich, ‘Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

Big & Rich’s 2004 hit was a game-changer, even if opinions on the actual song were mixed. “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” was, and still is, a polarizing song, but you can’t deny the impact and lasting legacy.

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Big & Rich Bring a Party to Country Jam 2016

There ain't no party like a Big & Rich party, and the country duo proved just this Saturday night (June 18) at Country Jam 2016.

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Big & Rich Recording Next Studio Album

Big & Rich are working on a third-straight Top 10 single from their Gravity album — an impressive feat for any independent artist. The "Lovin' Lately" singers say they're also working on new music.

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