Rich looks for fame
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
– John Rich, one half of the multi-platinum hit duo Big & Rich, will be featured in the new CW primetime music competition series The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep, premiering this Thursday, Aug. 16, at 9 p.m. eastern/Pacific.
As one of four mentors, who include Gloria Estefan, Nelly and Joe Jonas, Rich travels across the country searching for artists on the verge of making it. Living with each of the aspiring talents for three days, Rich prepares the hopefuls for a major performance, visiting cities such as Chicago, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles.
The final contestants compete head-to-head in a singing competition in Los Angeles where viewers can vote for their favorite. The winner will be awarded an exclusive recording contract with Atlantic Records.
Big & Rich are preparing to release their 4th studio album, "Hillbilly Jedi," on Sept. 18 on Warner Bros. Records. The disc contains the Top 20 hit single, That's Why I Pray.
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You have to question John Rich's motives when he opens a CD titled "Rich Rocks" with a track titled Country Done Come To Town. What is he: A rocker or a country boy? Well, it turns out, like most popular country stars these days, he's a little of both. (Oh, and he also thinks he's a little rap, too).
Texas features Cowboy Troy, a longtime friend of Big & Rich. The song is not really rap, however, as it mostly speaks about how you take the boy out of Texas, but you »»»
For the Kids
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The most telling song on this collection is Thank God for Kids, once a big hit for The Oak Ridge Boys. The former is significant because all these songs express thankfulness for the little ones in our lives. »»»
Son Of A Preacher Man
John Rich managed to find time to make an album of his own music after producing others, writing songs, hosting "Gone Country" and maybe thinking about Big & Rich. He starts off strongly out of the box with his single Shuttin Detroit Down, his ultra-timely condemnation of Wall Street at the expense of Main Street. It's catchy and gets his message across with a lot of twang. However, Rich is never one to go gingerly in his starting his views - a failure of The Good Lord and the Man, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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