John Rich of Big and
Rich recently sat down with the Epiphone team and designed a one-of-a-kind
DR-500RA. Complete with Rhinestone appointments and "Cowboy Stevie Wonder"
pearl fretboard inlay, the guitar (which John has affectionaltely named "Big
Country") was completed and presented to John at the Fontanelle "Plowboy
Mansion" in Nashville.
The universe of Big & Rich is a rollicking moveable
feast inhabited by a cast of indelible characters, starting with Messrs.
Big and Rich themselves. One's a six-foot-three former carpenter with a rep
as Nashville's universal minister of love and a backlog of songs ranging
from country laments to psychedelic rockers to something called "Disco Ball."
The other's shorter, slyer and younger, a Texan with an angelic voice and
a wicked gleam in his eye.
Their first project, "Horse of a Different Color" includes
thirteen songs. The kind of genre-hopping, fence-busting, gully-whumping
statement of purpose that doesn't bust out of Nashville or New York, or L.A.,
or anywhere else-too often these days. It may well be that true rarity in
the music business: something new under the sun. "Country music without
prejudice," they call it.
Gibson President Dave Berryman
presents John with the custom
John broke out in an impromptu
Big and Rich on tour this