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Big & Rich Show Both Sides On New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Big & Rich decided to display both of its musical sides quite obviously on the eclectic country duo's third album, "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace."

This time out the pair -- who also guest on Bon Jovi's new album, "Lost Highway" -- decided to frontload the gentler, more introspective tracks, then pick up the pace halfway through to end things on a rocking note.

"It is a little different," notes the group's John Rich, 33. "It kind of puts you in a mind set at the top and keeps you there for half the album, then goes into the next gear which is that throwdown, hardcore crank-it-up kind of thing.

"We debated on how to set it up. We just thought this was an interesting way to do it. It's the evolution of Big & Rich, man; we continue to grow and evolve."

One side effect of the arrangement, however, is that many are calling "Between..." -- which has sold nearly 330,00 copies since its June release and came out simultaneously with a new book, "Big & Rich: All Access" -- the [i]most[/i] introspective album Rich and Big Kenny Alphin have released. But Rich disagrees.

" 'Eighth of November' was about as serious as we're gonna get," notes Rich, who's also producing singer-songwriter Jewel's next album. "On the first album we had 'Holy Water,' and the last song, called 'Live This Life,' is still probably the heaviest lyric we've ever written.

"I think people get that impression because we put three or four things like that in a row on this album. It feels pretty serious at the beginning -- but we take care of that later on, I think."

Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy and Chris Cagle perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (August 25th) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $42.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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