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Album Review

Son of a Preacher Man isn't meant as Big & Rich without Big Kenny: it's designed to be a piece of rabble-rousing populism, songs for and about the common man. John Rich started down this path with his 2008 campaign tune "Raising McCain" as ground zero, dishing out puns over a set of pounding arena country, and he ramps it up tenfold here, lamenting the implosion of the auto industry on "Shuttin' Detroit Down," shoehorning Jesus into two different songs, and celebrating the Greatest Generation on "The Good Lord and the Man," asserting that "we'd all be speaking German, living under the flag of Japan" if we'd lost World War II. Pro that he is, Rich manages to carve out moments that showcase his skills: the title track strikes a nice, relaxed Marshall Tucker Band vibe and the closer, "Drive Myself to Drink," is a fun big-band send-up.


Born: 07 January 1974 in Amarillo, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Amarillo, TX, singer/songwriter John Rich had his first taste of success in Nashville as the lead singer for Lonestar. He left the band amid some turmoil after the release of its second album, and headed into the studio to make a record of his own. The resulting Underneath the Same Moon -- which featured collaborations with Sara Evans, the Fairfield Four, and Delbert McClinton, as well as his future songwriting partner from Big & Rich, Kenny Alphin (aka Big Kenny) -- was finished and unfortunately...
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Son of a Preacher Man, John Rich
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Contemporary Country
  • Released: 24 March 2009

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