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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Big Kenny recorded his debut album, Live a Little, for Hollywood Records in 1999 and it was scheduled to be released that fall, but the label pushed it back till 2000 due to scheduling problems, and from there, it simply fell off the radar. Months passed and it stayed in the label's vaults, and eventually Big Kenny Alphin was let loose. A while later, he went off with Lonestar singer John Rich -- who co-wrote three songs on Live a Little and did some background vocals -- to form Big & Rich, who unexpectedly took country by storm in 2004 as both performers with their crossover hit "Save a Horse [Ride a Cowboy]" and as the producers/songwriters behind Gretchen...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Big Kenny recorded his debut album, Live a Little, for Hollywood Records in 1999 and it was scheduled to be released that fall, but the label pushed it back till 2000 due to scheduling problems, and from there, it simply fell off the radar. Months passed and it stayed in the label's vaults, and eventually Big Kenny Alphin was let loose. A while later, he went off with Lonestar singer John Rich -- who co-wrote three songs on Live a Little and did some background vocals -- to form Big & Rich, who unexpectedly took country by storm in 2004 as both performers with their crossover hit "Save a Horse [Ride a Cowboy]" and as the producers/songwriters behind Gretchen Wilson and her hit "Redneck Woman." In the wake of all this success, Hollywood hauled out Live a Little and released it in March of 2005. Frankly, it's easy to see why the label didn't release the album -- it's too damn weird to market, particularly to an audience that has no idea who Big Kenny is. It's a swirling, pastel-colored collage of psychedelia, bombastic album rock, swinging British Invasion harmonies, and post-alternative pop, all packaged in an ultraslick, cavernous production and fronted by Kenny, who sings every song, regardless of its sound or sentiment, in his best Billy Murray lounge-singer croon. While this is certainly interesting, often intriguing, and usually melodic, it's not particularly commercial -- and not just because it doesn't easily fit into any radio format in either 1999 or 2005, but because the sound is too slick for the musical ideas and because Kenny's baritone histrionics are both hard to take seriously and simply hard to take. This an odd album that has its heart in major-label studios and its head elsewhere, and while that doesn't make for "bad" music, it certainly makes for an album with little commercial potential -- unless, of course, the artist behind it is already a star. Now that Big Kenny is indeed a star, Live a Little can finally see the light of day, which is how it should be -- he has a fan base that will buy it and now Hollywood can recoup its investment. Plus, it's an interesting record -- maybe not an entirely successful one, but interesting all the same. At the very least, it's proof that Big & Rich really never have been simpatico with the Nashville system and are just a couple of goofball hustlers who kept running their game until they finally got lucky.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616223623
  • Catalog Number: 162236

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Candy Colored Glasses (3:57)
  2. 2 Under the Sun (3:50)
  3. 3 Cheater's Lament (3:16)
  4. 4 Thinkin' Too Much (4:18)
  5. 5 Long Long Way (4:20)
  6. 6 Think About It (4:35)
  7. 7 Trip (3:26)
  8. 8 Rather Be (4:52)
  9. 9 Last to Know (2:58)
  10. 10 Pray for You (4:10)
  11. 11 Outta Site (3:30)
  12. 12 Rumba (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Kenny Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Brewster Percussion, Drums, Loops
Gary Burnette Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Catchings Cello, Bass Guitar
Steven King Accordion
Tony Miracle Synthesizer
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Sam Hankins Background Vocals
Tabitha Fair Background Vocals
Steve King Accordion
Mark Hill Bass, Bass Guitar
Jeffrey Roach Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Randy Nations Guitar
Matthew Pierson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Gary Burnette Producer, Audio Production
Tony Miracle Sound Design
Shane D. Wilson Engineer
Rev. T.L. James Composer
P.R. Brown Art Direction
J.D. Kimball Composer
R. Lee Composer
Big Kenny Producer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kicking up heels and Kicking a@#!!!!!

    Big Kenny, more often than not, showcases his diverse, vast realm of poetical nature. From the opening of "Horse of a Different Color" to his enthusiastic, "I take chances caise I have talent" album "Live a Little", fans can clearly see thar Mr. Universal Minister of Love is here to stay. Preaching to the masses on his 99' debut, Kenny reaches a place where few artists dare to go. From "Candy Colored Glasses" to "Rumba", the album is non-stop- and it is easy to see how Big & Rich developed musically. This album is a must have. In no means am I comparing this talented man to Shania Twain, but like her album, "The Woman in Me", Big Kenny and his partner John Rich are scaring up Nashville with some similar comments as to the aforementioned super-star. Why? The Row fears change. Diversity. Open-mindedness. And that is just what Kenny ordered. I recomment the album to any and all....look out world....Big Kenny has arrived, and John Rich and Cowboy Troy are right there beside him. The Mafia rules!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is not big and rich....but it rocks!

    Live a little is so incredible! This album is a semi psychedelic rocking venture by Kenny....I don't know how you could not like it. There is a very much introspective album and again it is not Big & Rich but if you have seen Kenny’s personality this is so him so please do me a favor...and knock before you walk into my dreams.

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