Thursday, January 24, 2008
– John Rich of Big & Rich will go the solo route later this year by releasing his own disc. However, Big & Rich will remain together, although they are not touring this year.
"If anyone knows me, they know I'm always writing music," said Rich, who also does a lot of producing and songwriting. "When we decided to take this year off so Kenny could focus on rehabilitation for a pre-existing injury, I asked Kenny if he was cool with me recording a solo project. I would only do this with Kenny's blessing. So, this year you can expect a solo record from me, but Big & Rich will be back in 2009."
Prior to forming Big& Rich, Big "Kenny" Alphin released a solo disc.
Rich scored his first number one record with the song "Come Cryin' To Me" as a member of Lonestar. Rich's writing credits include Academy of Country Music Award winning single of the year, "Redneck Woman," along with Gretchen Wilson's other two hits, "When I Think About Cheatin'" and "Here For The Party," Faith Hill's smash single "Mississippi Girl" and Jason Aldean's single "Hicktown." In addition, he has written several other cuts for Hill, Martina McBride, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Cowboy Troy, and Shannon Brown. Because of his contributions to the songwriting and music industry community, Rich received the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He is the only artist to receive the award three years consecutively.
Last year, Big & Rich, released their third album, "Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace," which went on to spawn the first number one single for the duo, "Lost In This Moment."
Big & Rich's current single, "Loud" is currently climbing up the charts.