Horse of a Different Color

Horse of a Different Color

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by Big & Rich
     
 

Like many professional country musicians, the duo of Big & Rich -- Big being Kenny Alphin, while Rich is John Rich, a former singer for Lonestar -- are based in Nashville, but that doesn't mean they follow all the conventions of Music City. In fact, they throw conventions out the window on their 2004 debut album,See more details below

Overview

Like many professional country musicians, the duo of Big & Rich -- Big being Kenny Alphin, while Rich is John Rich, a former singer for Lonestar -- are based in Nashville, but that doesn't mean they follow all the conventions of Music City. In fact, they throw conventions out the window on their 2004 debut album, Horse of a Different Color. They can certainly craft a kicking country song, as the backwoods ballad "Deadwood Mountain" proves, but they don't settle for that, preferring to spike predictable song structures with considerable doses of goofy humor or, better still, to fly beyond genre and concoct gonzo amalgams of country, arena rock, and rap. All of this makes Big & Rich hard to peg, particularly because they come across as a big-boned, country variation of Tenacious D or Ween -- talented musical pranksters who treat everything as a lark, but have the musical skills to back up their boasts. Like the D, they even have a theme song in "Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)" -- which bizarrely enough sounds a bit like Tenacious D, which isn't nearly as bizarre as how the melody of "Wild West Show" recalls Nirvana's "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" -- and they have no compunctions about being flat-out silly, which is good, since that silliness brought them a big novelty hit in "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," a song designed for drunken shout-alongs in sports bars. Much of Horse of a Different Color plays to that audience, but the surprise is that the rowdiness is tongue-in-cheek and that Big & Rich are musically clever, filling the record with big hooks and unbridled weirdness. Not that all of this is successful -- it can sound too goofy at points -- but it's wilder and stranger than most contemporary country albums of 2004, and a whole lot more fun, to boot.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624852025
catalogNumber:
48520
Rank:
4172

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big & Rich   Primary Artist
Martina McBride   Background Vocals
Wayne Killius   Drums
Michael Rojas   Keyboards
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Gretchen Wilson   Background Vocals
John Rich   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nicole Summers   Flute
Big John   Vocals
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Richard Dodd   Mastering
Bob Morris   Logo Design
J.D. Nicholson   Composer
Paul Worley   Producer,Audio Production
Janice Azrak   Art Direction
Bart Pursley   Engineer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Angie Aparo   Composer
Bryan Wayne   Composer
Big Kenny   Composer,Audio Production
Jeff Cohen   Composer
Adam Shoenfeld   Composer
John Rich   Composer,Audio Production
Cowboy Troy   Composer

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