Monday, November 15, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Big & Rich
Song:Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
As we all know, there is a certain formula to country music in Nashville. So the Nashville establishment is usually very resistent to any act that doesn't fit that formula. And that's what happened in 2004 when Big & Rich broke through with Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy). But fans liked their irreverent approach and have made Big & Rich one of the most popular country music acts of the last decade. The group is currently on hiatus. John Rich (born Jan. 7, 1974 in Amarillo, TX) was lead singer of the very popular group Lonestar. After leaving Lonestar in 1998, he attempted a solo career with BNA Records but his album was not released. Big Kenny Alphin (born Nov. 1, 1963 in Culpepper, VA) had a record deal with Hollywood Records. But his album was not released and the contract cancelled. he formed a group called luvjOi. Alphin and Rich met at a Nashville club and started writing together. When one of their songs She's A Butterfly became a hit for Martina McBride, manager Marc Oswald suggested they start recording together. This led to a contract with Warner Bros. Horse Of A Different Color was their 2004 debut CD. Save A Horse was the second single but it was the first song to get Big & Rich a lot of attention because the music video was much different from the standard country music video. It was the most requested video on CMT for four weeks and the song reached #11 on the Country Singles chart. The album topped the Country Album chart and sold three million copies. Their other two albums have done equally well and they finally topped the Country Singles chart with Lost In This Moment in 2007. Big & Rich have also produced other artists like rapper Cowboy Troy. Rich hosted the CMT series Gone Country and was also a judge on the NBC show Nashville Star. Big & Rich went on hiatus in 2008 so Alphin could recover from a neck injury. Meanwhile, Rich released a solo CD Son Of A Preacher Man in 2009 and Alphin releeased a CD on his own label. Warners released this Greatest Hits comp in 2009. Don't know yet if they will get back together. But you should check them out. Big & Rich are a lot of fun. Here's the video for Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) by Big & Rich.