Two members of Nashville collective Muzik Mafia, Gretchen Wilson and John Anderson, emerge this week with new albums recorded with the assistance of Big & Rich’s John Rich. Wilson’s Columbia effort, “One of the Boys,” features Rich on first single “Come To Bed.”
“Lyrically, I think I reached a little further inside for a few of these songs,” she says. “But there is still a lot of ass-kicking country on it.”
Anderson’s “Easy Money” (Raybaw Records/Warner Bros.) is propelled by an energetic infusion from Rich, who produced the album and co-wrote many of the songs with Anderson. An unabashed J.A. disciple, Rich turned what started out as a songwriting collaboration into a full-blown album project, with all the considerable juice behind it Rich can muster.
“What inspired me to work on this project is the mere fact that John Anderson is one of the greatest country singers in the history of country music, and he has been absent from radio for several years,” Rich says. “I wanted to hear him singing again, simple as that. He’s as good, or maybe better, than he ever was, and many of my artist friends consider him a major influence on their music, as do I.”