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Nashville’s music establishment had been in need of a good butt-whupping for some time when Big & Rich did the job in 2004. This bodacious duo shook up Music City with their hellacious (and often hilarious) debut album Horse Of A Different Color. Rather than pay homage to tradition, Big Kenny Alphin and ex-Lonestar member John Rich unashamedly mixed old and new Nashville elements with rock, rap and anything else that was handy. Radio got a dose of Big & Rich’s pungent humor with the hit “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy),” but this album has a lot more to offer than easy laughs. From the rebel manifesto “Rollin’ (The Ballad Of Big & Rich)” through the Haggard-esque “Kick My Ass” and the alcohol-drenched “Drinkin’ Bout You,” the duo both revel in and cleverly subvert familiar country clichés. When they want to, they can unleash rip-roaring Southern rock, as “Wild West Show” ably shows. But Big & Rich have heart as well as a funnybone — such tunes as ”Holy Water” are filled with unexpected empathy. Freewheeling, straight-shooting and bristling with attitude, Horse Of A Different Color is a hoot that packs a wallop.

Customer Reviews

Great Album

This album is that of an excellent one but of course my personal favorite song is Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy and if you are considering buying this album I definatly say go for it because it's worth every penny.

Crazy, but still country!

I'm a country lover, always have been, always will be. When big and rich 1st came out, i didn't like their stuff. It was to different! Well it grows on you, and i just recently perchased this album. It's refreshing, a nice twist on a good thing. There up beat style and funny lyrics make "A Horse of a Different Color" a must buy.


This CD is the best country cd ive ever had. There isnt one bad song on it and everyones gotta love Save A Horse and Holy Water.


Formed: Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

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

A pair of gonzo country showmen initially shunned by the Nashville mainstream but eventually becoming the face of Music City as the 2000s drew to a close, Big & Rich were the most unlikely country success story of the new millennium. They didn't appear from nowhere, but when Horse of a Different Color exploded in 2004, it sure seemed like they did, memories of John Rich's time in Lonestar vanishing, along with any trace of Big Kenny's years struggling on the fringes of major-label studios. In...
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