Big & Rich is a Grammy Award-winning country music duo made up of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. Musically, the duo is known for its embrace of musical genres other than country – they are known to infuse their country music with elements of rock and hip-hop.
They have collaborated with artists outside the genre, including John Legend and Wyclef Jean. Before the duo's foundation, Rich was the bass guitarist in the country band Lonestar, while Kenny was a solo artist for Hollywood Records.
The two first met in 1998 at a bar where Big Kenny was playing. They met up afterwards and made appointments to write songs together, which, of course, ultimately culminated in the decision to become a duo.
Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the #11 hit "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", plus collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride.
Big & Rich achieved success not only as performers but also as writers and producers, turning Gretchen Wilson into a star, assisting in John Anderson’s comeback, and supporting novelties like country-rapper Cowboy Troy.
They have written songs for the likes of Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Wynonna Judd. In 2008, Rich announced that Big & Rich would go on hiatus while Big Kenny recovered from an existing neck injury.
In the meantime, Rich said that he would release a solo album, "with Kenny's blessing." After their hiatus from releasing music as a duo, Big & Rich released their fourth studio album, Hillbilly Jedi, led by the single "That's Why I Pray,” which debuted at #24 on the country charts.
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