The sophomore album from high-voltage country duo Big & Rich will be released Nov. 8 on Warner Bros. The leadoff single is titled, appropriately enough, "The 8th of November." John Rich tells Bill

The sophomore album from high-voltage country duo Big & Rich will be released Nov. 8 on Warner Bros. The leadoff single is titled, appropriately enough, "The 8th of November."

John Rich tells Billboard.com it's a song he and partner Big Kenny wrote about a friend of theirs, a Vietnam vet who survived an ambush that killed most of his platoon on Nov. 8, 1965. Since that time, Rich says, every Nov. 8 the man "puts on a suit and goes out by himself, eats a steak dinner and drinks Jack Daniels to celebrate the lives of those killed that day."

Calling the man's story "epic," Rich says the song is "probably one of the best things Kenny and I have ever written."

This Nov. 8 will be the 40th anniversary of the ambush. Since it also happens to be a Tuesday, Rich says "all the stars were lining up" to make it the right release date for the album and the ideal first single.

Big & Rich's debut album, "Horse of a Different Color," reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in September 2004 after 16 weeks on the chart. The set, which also peaked at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, has sold 2.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The duo's current tour drops in on Devol, Okla., tonight (June 10). The group will join Brooks & Dunn's summer North American tour in late July.

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