Redneck Woman Re-Unites Fantastic Duo

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2011 CMT Music Awards - Rehearsals - Day 1

[photogallerylink id=55571 align=right] I don’t know if you were wondering as much as I was about a reunion of sorts between [lastfm link_type=””]Big Kenny[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=””]John Rich[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=””]Big and Rich[/lastfm] fame, but now word comes to me that after months of speculation the two will be hitting the road together.

According to [lastfm link_type=””]Gretchen Wilson[/lastfm], they have her to thank. Marc Oswald is the manager for all three acts and Gretchen asked him to help her convince her friends to reunite.  Said Gretchen: ”I said, ‘Tell them I want them to do it for me, and that I said they have to,'”  ”I said, ‘I’ll be the sweetie between them.'” Of their joint tour John Rich had this to say: ”The crowds have been outrageous.  People  never sit down, and it’s almost a two-hour show. That’s what we thought the energy would be like when we put this tour together, just all these big characters and big, powerful, aggressive country music. We’re having more fun with this particular show than we’ve probably ever had.”

The cross-country tour will include opening acts [lastfm link_type=””]Cowboy Troy[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=””]Two-Foot Fred[/lastfm], before Gretchen, Big Kenny and John all hit the stage together.  John goes on to say: I think most artists would be comfortable sharing a stage and a band and a spotlight like MuzikMafia does.” ”It’s always been about sharing the spotlight and sharing the stage, and that same magic that was with MuzikMafia early on is still there, just with bigger crowds.”

[Our fans] don’t care how long it’s been since they heard us on the radio, they just want to see Big & Rich. The same is true for Gretchen Wilson fans. They just want to see her. She stands for something, and Big & Rich does, too.”

Gretchen is rewarded in seeing her friends together at last.  ”I’ve been standing on stage having to try and catch myself,” she admits. “I know I look like a proud mom on stage when they’re doing their thing down at the front. It’s just nice to see them facing each other on the front of the stage again and singing some of those amazing songs that they wrote together. When it comes down to it, as different as they are from each other, they are a really talented couple of guys and they’ve written some of their best music together because of that.”

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