Big & Rich
John Rich and Kenny Alphin merged talents to create one of country music's most attention-getting duos-Big & Rich. The two met in 1998. Rich was fresh off a stint with the country group Lonestar, embarking on a solo country career. Meanwhile, Alphin had just launched luvjOi on the heels of a failed solo record deal.
After three writing appointments scheduled for the duo went unmet, the two finally made an appointment at which they penned the song "I Pray for You," which Rich recorded as part of another solo endeavor that never saw the light of day. The two persisted, became friends and continued as collaborators. Their weekly Tuesday night jam sessions at Nashville's Pub of Love became known as the Muzik Mafia. The songwriters landed a cut on Martina McBride's self-titled album in 2003 with the song "She's a Butterfly." Soon after, Big & Rich were signed to Warner Bros. Nashville. The duo formally debuted in February 2004 with "Wild West Show." Later that spring, Horse of a Different Color was garnering attention. The album topped the Billboard country chart and produced the hit single "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." In 2005, the duo released Comin' to Your City which included the poignant ballad "8th of November." The song's video was nominated for the Country Music Association's Video of the Year Award in 2006.
Both Alphin and Rich have since pursued solo careers yet again. Rich, a native of Amarillo, Texas, co-wrote Gretchen Wilson's breakout hit "Redneck Woman," and her follow-up singles "Here for the Party" and "When I Think About Cheatin'." Recent hits include Jason Aldean's "Hicktown" and Faith Hill"s "Mississippi Girl." Rich's solo album Underneath the Same Moon was released in 2006 and Son of a Preacher Man in 2009. He enjoyed solo success with "Shuttin' Detroit Down."
Big Kenny released a solo album titled The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy on Nov. 10, 2009, which featured the single "Long After I'm Gone."
Big & Rich reunited for a summer tour in 2009.