Big & Rich's upcoming and first-ever Canadian tour will likely be the genre-bending duo's last for a while. The long-lasting effects of a car accident involving a drunk driver a few years ago will
Big & Rich's upcoming and first-ever Canadian tour will likely be the genre-bending duo's last for a while. The long-lasting effects of a car accident involving a drunk driver a few years ago will sideline the duo's Big Kenny Alphin for at least half of 2008.
According to partner John Rich, Alphin is still feeling the effects of the accident, which resulted in a vertebrae being removed from his spinal cord during surgery. "It's killing him," Rich tells Billboard.com. "At the CMA Awards [in November] it was all he could do to get out there and get through it. It was hard for him to even hold his arm up to play the guitar.
"The doctors are telling him that for all intents and purposes, he doesn't need to tour next year," Rich continues. "They're going to put him through some real aggressive rehab for his neck."
But the time off the road will allow both men to "do a lot of stuff on the creative side," Rich says. While Rich will likely spend a fair amount of time in the studio (he has recently produced Jewel and former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen) and writing songs, Alphin is working on a Broadway play and a feature film, as well as songwriting.
Rich will hit the small screen in late January with the debut of "Gone Country," a CMT reality show featuring Bobby Brown, Maureen McCormack, Dee Snider and Sisqo, among others. Rich leads the rag-tag band through songwriting sessions, a live performance of the song each wrote and an introduction to the music business Nashville-style on the show, which debuts Jan. 25.
Big & Rich's 10-city tour, which will feature Canadians Terri Clark and Emerson Drive as co-headliners, will start with a Jan. 9 date at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia, and will wrap Jan. 21 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In July, Big & Rich scored their first No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit, "Lost in This Moment." Their third album, "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace," was released in June and debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. It has sold 454,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The duo currently plans to head into the studio to record their fourth album in the second half of 2008.