Big & Rich Talk ‘Hillbilly Jedis’ And The Biggest Song They Have Ever Recorded

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(Photo by Steve Wiseman / 99.5 WYCD)

(Photo by Steve Wiseman / 99.5 WYCD)

Big things are coming from Big & Rich in 2012. Big Kenny and John Rich are back in the studio and working on their first album in 5 years. Thanks to Jon Bon Jovi, they have a Star Wars inspired name for the album. The new album is called Hillbilly Jedis and from what John told us it will have “the biggest song we’ve ever recorded” on it. And no, it isn’t a song about lightsabers or Darth Vader.

Big Kenny told the Tennessean the name “came out in a writing session we were doing with Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi we were doing the other week. He explained that it is “a line in the song was hillbilly jedis with attitude. All of a sudden, Bon Jovi stops and says, ‘Hillbilly Jedis? That’s it. I’d buy that shirt.’ We were like, ‘Hey, that’s about a descriptive as you can get of what we are.’”

Jack Shell at 99.5 WYCD spoke with John Rich about a song off of Hillbilly Jedis that struck a powerful crowd with him. That song is called “That’s Why I Pray.”


John spoke about the “…powerful songs in our career. We’ve had the great party songs, about coming to your city and save a horse. But then we’ve had the ’8th of November,’ ‘Lost in this Moment With You.’ I put out ‘Shuttin’ Detroit Down’ and you know we’ve had some pretty serious songs.” He went on to say that “this song, ‘That’s Why I Pray,’ I think my gut tells me it may be the biggest song we’ve ever recorded.

That’s Why I Pray” will be officially out at the end of May. If you catch a Big & Rich show before then, John said they’re “working it up with the band and putting it right into all of our shows.

Steve Wiseman / CBS Local

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