Big and Rich

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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