Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Big & Rich Concert Reviews From Around the Country

I love to hear the stories of our local boys while they are out on the road. Love to hear that they could entertain and blow away a crowd even if they aren't 100%.

Keep up the work Kenny and John....

Duo Big and Rich's brand of dynamic country music can rock any venue.

The band, part of Nashville's fraternal Musik Mafia, did just that last night when they brought their rebel-rousing exuberant show to Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind.

Big Kenny and John Rich, touring in support of their latest album "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace," performed a 90-minute show filled with their signature hard-driving country/rock tunes.

On the bill with Big and Rich were other Musik Mafia members rapping Cowboy Troy, James Otto and Two-Foot Fred who helped promote the fun-loving party atmosphere.

Audience members didn't stay in their seats for long at this concert. From the moment Cowboy Troy took the stage with his "Hick-Hop" sound to the opening strains of Big and Rich's guitars and the finale featuring all the musicians, fans remained up on their feet and dancing.

Read the entire review in the Daily Southtown.

Big & Rich are -- how shall I put this? -- the most unusual duo in the history of country music.
Their albums are a swirling, intoxicating blend of country, rock, gospel, pop and rap. Their concerts are like a collision between a circus and a freak show. But their career has been a roller coaster.

After playing to more than 14,000 at Xcel Energy Center in November 2005, Big & Rich returned Sunday to 2,100 fans at Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino. The duo didn't seem as wired, weird and wild as at Xcel. Early on, John Rich realized the odds were against him at a booze-free casino.

After Big & Rich's third number, "Wild West Show," Rich learned from fans that alcohol wasn't being served. "Are you kidding me?" he said. "Who needs a drink? I've got one. It's a Crown and 7. Ladies, pass that around the front row. We gotta rock extra hard if you aren't extra drunk!"

Visit the Star Tribune for the rest of the review.

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