Big & Rich Are 'Swapping Ideas' for a New Album, Says John
With Big & Rich back in active duty since May and with a new song, "Fake I.D.," on the soundtrack of the forthcoming "Footloose" remake, John feels that a new album from the country duo is "inevitable."
First of all, we've got to get through this tour," John tells Billboard.com. "People always say, 'Don't you write songs on the road?'
You really don't; it's all you can do to keep your voice going. But
Kenny (Alphin, aka Big) and I are swapping songs, swapping ideas, so I
would say it's inevitable it's coming. And It's not like people can
pitch you songs for a Big & Rich record; our music is not like
anybody else's stuff. It really is a meeting of the minds between me and
Kenny, so it's just a process. But we're pumped about it, I can tell
John predicts that he and Big Kenny will likely hit the studio "around
the end of this year." The duo has dates -- including several Xtreme
Muzik shows with Gretchen Wilson -- booked into the third week of
October, as well as a December stop at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa,
Okla. "After all that we'll let everything calm down and cool off for a
minute, then we'll go in to record," he says. Back
As to what a Big
& Rich record will sound like at this juncture, John -- who
released a solo album and a pair of EPs and won "Celebrity Apprentice"
during the interim -- says "it's hard to say. Since the last record
we've both had kids, which changes your perspective on a lot of things.
Year to year you become a little bit different, so there might be
different subject matter on there. The one thing you can count on is
when you put it on your stereo, it won't sound like anything else you
put on your stereo -- and I still have a stereo!"
& Rich get to work fans have "Fake I.D.," the first new Big &
Rich release in nearly three years. John says he and Big Kenny were
working on the song, which also features Wilson and is climbing the
country charts, "about the same time" as the "Footloose" team began
assembling their soundtrack. "We had recorded this song but hadn't
decided to put it out yet," he recalls. "The 'Footloose' people heard it
and said, 'We want this song in the movie. We want to play the whole
song in the movie," and it really is used that way, in this really cool
bar scene. So we said, 'What the hell. Let's put it out,' and now we
kick off our shows with 'Fake I.D.' "
The song, John adds, is
also helping the duo let fans know that its break was never a break-up.
"It was a break from Big & Rich, not an ending of Big & Rich,"
he explains. "I think a lot of people spun it into, 'Oh no, Big &
Rich is over.' We didn't say that. There wasn't, like, a Brooks
& Dunn farewell tour. There never was a concern about whether we
would want to come back and do it; our concern was whether the fans
would still be there. And sure enough they are."
meanwhile, still has some projects going outside the group. He's
producing new albums by the Jane Dear Girls and new singer Bradley
Gaskin, who released his first single, "Mr. Bartender," this year. Rich
is also in discussions about a TV variety show that he says will bring
"a middle America presence" to the airwaves.