Horse of a Different Color

Horse of a Different Color

by Big & Rich
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Horse of a Different Color

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.

Product Details

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

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

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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Horse of a Different Color 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to ONE song, you will be a faithfull follower. These guys are the pioneers of a whole new music genre... buying the CD will change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this review by stating that I am not a country music fan, but a friend of mine purchased this "effort" and loaned it to me. This is nothing short of a complete slap in the face to country music, it's fans, and those that founded this genre of music. Besides that, the voices of these two musicians are poor when they are solo, but become even worse when even the simplest of harmonioes are attempted. "Save a Horse, ride a Cowboy", harkens back to other supposedly unique songs; remember Warrant's "Cherry Pie", they assume that we get the joke, and find it funny. On the back of Big Kenny's acoustic is the statement, "LOVE EVERYBODY"...sorry boys, you're not worth the effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Muzic Mafia nailed this one! Big & Rich are a huge hit! I love their crazy and "out-there" styles in singing. My favorites are "Rollin'" "Holy Water" and "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". They are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is soooo kool. big and rich bring country music without prejudice to the people of the country. you'll love them if you have been a country fan forever or even if you don't like country music. go and get the cd NOW! by StandUpAndScream
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song on this CD is wonderful and showcases Big and Rich's unique style. In trying to describe them to friends it is always, "They're sort of country rock... but they're really fun and hilarious." In short, they're like nothing I've ever heard before, but they are awesome, and I recommend them to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big & Rich are the most eclectic duo of all time. There are so many genres of music covered on "Horse of a Different Color". Any and all who hear it will fall in love
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard their first song released, liked it then I bought the CD. LOVE THEM! Even if all you have heard is the chatter about these boys or one song buy the album, guarenteed winner. The catagory may be country but it crosses so many boundaries! It rocks (and the record man said they'd never get it on hte radio! Ha!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love my Big & Rich cd... I don't go anywhere without it. They totally exceed all limits and they love everybody. Their music is upbeat and it never gets old. Their fresh style brightens my day anytime. I would definately recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD for Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) which is one of my favorite songs of all time, and Rollin', because that's another awesome song. However, I ended up loving EVERY last track on the CD. I've heard most of the songs on the radio, but the ones I hadn't heard were just as awesome as the ones I had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BiG and RiCh is awesome. My fav. song is SAVED!!!!! I love their music, its like rock/country. Save a horse,ride a cowboy is a wicked cool song. FREAK PARADE!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is totally rockin'. They have something for everyone in this piece of work. They are the best thing, in my opinion, that's happened to music in a long, long time. Keep on Rockin' Big and Rich. Totally in Love With You guys :) From: Haze82
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big & Rich are magnificent together. There combination of vocals creates a harmonizing sound. The songs on this CD a sure to please you. Their range is electrifying, going from a drinking song to a party song to a peace song to a religious song back to a drinking song. They are great in whatever they put out, giving the fan a feeling of calmness. It relaxes you. Their music provides candy for the ears and vegetables for the soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big and Rich are the best! Their songs are songs that practically anybody can relate to. It's amazing how they can put just enough humor into their funny songs, and then right just enough sadness into their softer, sad songs, without making them terrible. Big and Rich are the BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was great... wait it IS great. I listen to many CD's and dont usually give 5 star ratings but this one is deserving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deinfitely not Big Kenny and John Rich!! A Horse Of A Different Color is a wonderful showcase for two talented men brought together by a twist of fate that music fans across the board should be thankful for! There's a bit of everything on this album. A ruckus barroom anthem can be found in the smash hit "Save A Horse(Ride A Cowboy)" while a mellower, yet very powerful, sound lends it's voice to "Holy Water" an anthem in it's own right for those brought down by domestic abuse. Of course the biggest anthem of them all is "Rollin(The Ballad Of Big and Rich)" a surefire kick in the pants if there ever was one! Big and Rich have a unique style that allows no room for apologies. It's definitely a refreshing turn away from the cookie cutter sound Nashville seems to be producing these days. Expect this duo to go far and make sure to take a listen, I promise you won't be disappointed! I sure wasn't!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is incredible. They are an amazing duo that is FUN. It's all about fun, loving everyone and being different. Different is good....they don't follow the Nashville establishment and I am so glad to see a duo like them comme along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you what. HOADC is THE BEST ALBUM OUT THIS YEAR!!!! I don't care what kind of music you are into. B&R has something for everyone. The songs on this CD just get better and better. Love Everybody, Big Kyle Join the B&R ETeam: <a href="">Clic k here to become a member of The Freak Parade!</a>
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD is absolutely amazing. These guys are out of this world. They are so dynamic and this CD shows their many faces. I love the mix of low key serious songs that talk about faith and the hard times in life, and the loud crazy fun stuff that is wild and unlike anything you'll ever hear from anyone else. After hearing this CD, it's easy to see why these guys are gaing such a hugh following so quickly. For more information about the guys, or to listen to some of their amazing music, check out thier website! You won't regret buying this CD, it brings a whole new twist to any country music you've ever heard before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard of Big and Rich when Save A Horse Ride a Cowboy came out and I instantaneously fell in love with their music. Horse of A Different Color is a great variety of Big Kenny's Rock and roll style and John Rich's country style, which blend together to make quite a unique sound. My favourites are Rollin", which features a 6'5 black rappin' cowboy called Cowboy Troy, and Kick my A** is funny, and the Love Train is a song about Loving Everybody. The more serious Saved and Deadwood Mountain, and Holy Water are very deep, personal songs that really bring out Big and Rich's serious side as opposed to their jumpy, dance tune Save a Horse. Go out and buy this album. You will not be disappointed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best pieces of work to ever come out of Nashville. There is something for everyone on this cd, from songs written just for fun like the single, "Save a Horse", to a song of redemption with "Saved", or a song to make you reasess your life called "Live this Life". There is a great depth to these songs, which were all co written by Big Kenny and John Rich themselves. If you have not bought this album yet, what are you waiting for?
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like any kind of music with a beat...get this cd! It is considered country music but it goes beyond those bounderies. You dont have to like country music to like these guys. I dont know that there are enough words to explain the music and the lyrics. Just buy it!! You wont be sorry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big and Rich is the best thing that has ever come to country music. they have really made country music without predjudice. (by: redneckwoman04)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. Buy this CD. You will love it! Every song is good. I am serious! Once you listen to's hard to stop! Great vocals with unique sound! I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about time country music got wild! Big and Rich sing about life while giving it an interesting comedic twist that is really taking the country by storm. They'll definitely get teens into country music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SUPER SUPER GREAT. At the risk of sounding like I am just a parrot, I will say that this is one of my new favorite albums. Great sound. Very original. Some of the album is very funny, but other songs are very serious. I love variety when I listen to an album (so I don't get bored) and this album has so much variety. I highly recommend that everyone buy a copy of this cd.