Big Kenny Balances Solo, Duet Lives


Big and Rich's Big Kenny photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Aug. 31, 2009 — It’s Big news. Maybe it’s enriching. Big Kenny, one-half of the duo Big & Rich, is preparing for the release of a solo album which will bear the name of his own record company, Glotown/Love Everybody, LLC.

The album, The Quiet Times Of A Rock And Roll Farm Boy, is slated for release Oct. 27. A video that accompanies the first single, "Long After I’m Gone," is currently airing on GAC.

"These times couldn’t be more exciting for a guy like me," Big Kenny says. "I’m finally at a place in my career where I have freedom — freedom — not only to create all of the music and art I want, but I have gotten to hand pick the team of people I work with. They are nothing but the best. I am so happy to be putting out new music that is such an expression of what I am about. I love what I do, and I love this community of people."

The label is being launched in conjunction with the Bigger Picture Group, a new music-industry team that already works with the Zac Brown Band. The names of a couple Bigger Picture executives will jump out to liner-notes fans: Keith Stegall, known for his work as a producer with Alan Jackson and Terri Clark; and Bob Ezrin, whose production credits include Alice Cooper, Kiss and Pink Floyd.

The album comes at a time when Big Kenny and Big & Rich partner John Rich have been working separately. John released a solo album, Son Of A Preacher Man, earlier this year with a topical hit, "Shuttin’ Detroit Down." The last 12 months have also seen John get married, contribute to John McCain’s presidential campaign, get into a couple of fights in Hollywood and exchange lawsuits with a former "Nashville Star" contestant.

Despite rumors they would split, Big & Rich have continued to perform together. They made a raucous appearance at the CMA Music Festival in June, and a concert in Edmonton last week included a guest performance for two songs by former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, according to Big Kenny has no doubt that Big & Rich will ride again in the studio.

"He's out there doing crazy stuff, but I still love him," Kenny told The Atlanta Journal Constitution. "We are like night and day. He's political, and I just like to get things done. Right now, we meet onstage, that's it. Once he gets his other stuff straight, we will sit down and write some songs."