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Interview:
Big Kenny Charts His Own Solo Path
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The odd thing about the title of Big Kenny Alphins second solo album, The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy, is that quiet is not usually a characteristic associated with the Big & Rich principle.

But, he contends, appearances can be deceiving.

I admit, when I entertain Im not the quietest guy in the world, says Big Kenny, 45. But when he repaired to his Nashville, Tenn., spread which hes dubbed the University of Creativity to start writing for The Quiet Times, he says, I confined myself to a time of thinking and praying and contemplating the things that really made a difference to me. I figured if Im gonna get out there and do something, I better say something that might mean something to some people.

And then, man, it just started exploding from there. I wrote, and I wrote, and I wrote, learning my studio, just constantly working and trying to make something that sounded sonically cooler.

The album, which is due out Nov. 10, comes on the heels of partner John Richs solo album, Son of a Preacher Man. Big & Rich continue to perform together, but Big Kenny says any recording plans are up in the air at the moment.

Hes focusing on his thing, and Im focusing on my thing, he explains. We dont want to confuse them. When John gets to a point where he would have the time and that fits in when I have the time, we have to get together and write. We have to have new material.

I accept that were both very creative guys that are gonna do other things. Call me the will.i.am of country music, or the Jack White of country music; Im gonna make creativity wherever I can, whenever Im drawn to it.



Big Kenny performs Saturday (Oct. 31) at Coyote Joes, 22 Mile and Ryan Road, Shelby Township. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (586) 254-4666 or visit www.coyotejoes.com.

Web Site: www.coyotejoes.com

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