Big & Rich is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. Before the duo’s foundation, Rich was bass guitarist in the country band Lonestar, while Kenny was a solo artist for Hollywood Records. Their 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 was released in November 2005, followed by 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. Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, released in 2007, produced their only No. 1 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. Here are all of Big & Rich albums ranked.
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5. Hillbilly Jedi (2012)
“The way their voices blend is not smooth, but it is beautiful and when they sing together something bigger than the two of them individually is created. Having said this, I had pretty low expectations of this album, but they really deliver. It has fun times and sweet times. It’s really a great album and I can highly recommend it!”
4. Gravity (2014)
“This album is more mellow than some of their others but still has some fun, rocking songs. The harmonies are great and the music is compelling. Big and Rich is a fantastic Country Duo and I hope they keep making great music together.”
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3. Comin’ To Your City (2005)
” The music and vocal harmonies are gorgeous, and the lyrics go from hilarious to poignant and moving. They are so innovative and playful with their music; the fact that they love making this music totally comes through when you listen.”
2. Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace (2007)
“Big and Rich continue to produce incredible left of center country/rock/rap/ballad music that nobody else is doing right now. They are a unique and fabulous vocal duo which gives them great range. The lyrics are fun and speak to so many social issues and music industry issues – music without prejudice – this is it!”
1. Horse Of A Different Color (2004)
“This album kicks off with the rocking “Rollin'” (which manages to be an unabashed country party while throwing in a touch of bilingual hick-hop) and journeys to its conclusion with “Live this Life” (featuring haunting lyrics and Martina McBride doing her thing). By the time you get there, you have been on a musical ride like nothing you have ever heard before. Both of those tracks are instant classics, but this is no musical buffet where you pick and chose a couple and discard the rest: This is a flat out great album.”