Based on the lawsuits, barroom brawls and barbed political commentary John Rich has made over the last year, it’s easy to think of the Big & Rich founder as a difficult personality, and it seems he would agree.
“Big & Rich is the most unlikely pairing of human beings you could possibly come up with,” he told The Press Of Atlantic City. “Kenny says, ‘I love everybody.’ I say, ‘Screw everybody.’”
Their personal differences — in addition to Big Kenny’s need to rehab a lingering neck injury from years back — led the duo to take most of last year off the road. John put together the album Son Of A Preacher Man, which came out in March, while Big Kenny assembled his own solo disc, The Quiet Times Of A Rock And Roll Farm Boy, due Oct. 27.
“You have to get the music you write out of your system,” John said. “I write songs like ‘Shuttin’ Detroit Down’ that are calling out the man. That would never be a Big & Rich song because Kenny would never say that.”
With their individual projects commanding attention, fans and industry observers are naturally wondering if the duo might pull a Brooks & Dunn and go separate ways.
“Any time you take that much time off the road, rumors are so crazy that it’s over,” John said. “If you would have seen the shows this summer, you would have understood Big & Rich is nowhere near being over.”