The country music duo Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich. Before they became a duo each had been through the grind of solo careers that saw moderate success. John Rich is the former bassist and occasional lead vocalist of the band Lonestar. Big Kenny was the lead singer of the group luvjOii (pronounced Love Joy), and released a solo album in 2005 titled Live A Little. Now Big & Rich are taking over the country music scene.
Big & Rich met when a friend of John Rich brought him to see a show at a Nashville club featuring Big Kenny. After the show, the two singer-songwriters met and made arrangements to start writing songs together. Among the first songs they wrote together was "I Pray For You," which John Rich recorded for his solo project before the label dropped him. But their music chemistry was undeniable and in 2001, along with other musicians Jon Nicholson and Cory Gierman, they formed the MuzikMafia. Big & Rich along with the others performed weekly in Nashville. The daughter of a music executive from Warner Bros. saw one of their performances and it led to the signing of Big & Rich to the label.
They released their first album Horse of a Different Color in 2004. The album featured the first single by Big & Rich, "Wild West Show." The single reached #21 on Billboard's US Country chart but wouldn't be the biggest single of the album. They cracked the Top 20 with "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" when it peaked at #11 on the chart. Their next album releases were Comin' to Your City (2005) and Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace. Big & Rich scored their first #1 single with the release of "Lost In This Moment" (2007), which hit the top spot in July 2007.