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With or without his partner Big Kenny, John Rich likes to stir up controversy when the mood strikes him. On his solo debut Son of a Preacher Man, the ex-Lonestar vocalist matches some pointed political commentary with assorted observations on life, love and family. Tapping into a vein of populist anger, he assails greedy corporate execs in “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” and then celebrates heartland values in “The Good Lord and the Man” (a toast to World War II heroes), “Trucker Man” (an anthem for today’s long-haulers), and “Preacher Man” (an affirmation of that Old Time Religion and the father who embodied it). Balancing these message-laden numbers are stirring romantic ballads like “Another You” and “I Thought You’d Never Ask.” There are some welcome flashes of Rich’s outrageous side as well, found in the swaggering “Everybody Wants to Be Me” and the boozy, Big Band-flavored “Drive Myself to Drink.” The music here is up to Big & Rich’s usual standard of sharp, smoothly executed country-rock.

Customer Reviews

This is an awesome albulm

John just proved he can have a successfull career on his own. He has everything in here. For example Shuttin Detroit Down was so straight forward, and to the point. Although Shuttin Detroit Down might be hitting the top 20 charts, the best song on this albulm has to be Everybody Wants to Be Me. It sounds like something that would be recorded with Big Kenny but without Kenny singing. Another You is a classic example of a good heart break country hit. The Good Lord and the Man is a patriotic tune. It might be just as good as 8th of November. While Why Does Somebody Always Have to Die is a sad song, it has a good messege to it. Drive Myself to Drink is just a crazy halrious song, and Preacher Man is just an awesome song that describes John Rich so well.

Shuttin Detroit Down - An Anthem?

John Rich hits the nail dead on. He tapped into the frustration people have with big companies being bailed out, bonuses, and the shuttering of the companies, anyway. These words might yet be the rallying cry of a Second revolution in this company, because if things keep going, we're in a lot of trouble. Good song, good man. He sees it.

I love it!

Even though I was devastated that Big & Rich broke up, I love this CD! It goes to show that John Rich can make that soulful country music that makes America what it is!!!!


Born: January 7, 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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Contemporary Country
  • Released: Mar 24, 2009

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