It was a Big & Rich time at Resorts
Two weeks after the female member of Nashville’s Muzik Mafia crew was in town, Gretchen Wilson, the founders of this country-music posse checked into the resort.
Big & Rich, the duo of Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich, made their Atlantic City debut at Resorts. It was the duo’s final stop of their current tour and they made it count with a rowdy show more rock than country, full of hot licks, hick-hop rapping from Big Kenny and Cowboy Troy, and even some political messaging in John Rich’s cut off his new solo album. And then there is the emcee of the show, Two-foot Fred, a little person who is known as “The pint-sized pimp of country music.”
The boys started off the evening as you’d expect with their rousing hit “Comin’ to Your City.” It got even hotter in the room when they launched into “Jalapeno” and “Wild West Show.” During the duo’s top-of -the charts ballad, “Lost In This Moment,” they bring a newlywed couple up to serenade and later in the show, Rich went into the audience to pay tribute to a 95-year-old veteran of WWII. The B&R song “The Man” is dedicated to veterans of all wars. They also have another song devoted to praising veterans, “8th of November."
The boys have a 9-year-old fan, Bobby, who has been to 59 shows. He was brought on stage to help sing a song. During the course of the evening Big Kenny goes solo with “Wake Up” and “Long Gone,” and later Rich does his solo session with the aforementioned “The Man,” and a song from his new solo record Son of A Preacher Man. That song is “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” a tune that suggests our tax dollars could be better spent if the government wasn’t so busy bailing out billionaires.
After Muzik Mafia member Cowboy Troy comes out to do his rap “Chicken,” B&R finish off the night loud and proud with “Loud,” as in “we like our country loud”; their biggest hit and the song that broke them into the charts, “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy),” and an encore of “Rollin’.”
Besides Son Of A Preacher Man, Big & Rich have a Greatest Hits CD due out later this month.
“I still have the passion for music. I still love to write, record and go on tour. What else am I going to do? I don’t want to retire. That’s no fun. If you have something to contribute, why not go out there and still give all that you got as opposed to just sitting in a chair and doing nothing?"
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