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One half of the rowdy country duo Big & Rich, John Rich was a wildly successful singer and songwriter who blended honky tonk songwriting with rock-n-roll volume and hip-hop attitude for a string of hits that included "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," "Holy Water" and "Lost in the Moment." He and partner "Big Kenny" Alphin brought a much-needed dose of levity and party-hearty exuberance to the Nashville scene, which quickly embraced them and partners in crime like Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy. Rich's solo efforts were also warmly received, as were TV projects like "Gone Country" (CMT, 2008- ) and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ). Rich's apparent golden touch in multiple mediums elevated him beyond the country music borders into the vaunted status of media personality.

One half of the rowdy country duo Big & Rich, John Rich was a wildly successful singer and songwriter who blended honky tonk songwriting with rock-n-roll volume and hip-hop attitude for a string of hits that included "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," "Holy Water" and "Lost in the Moment." He and partner "Big Kenny" Alphin brought a much-needed dose of levity and party-hearty exuberance to the Nashville scene, which quickly embraced them and partners in crime like Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy. Rich's solo efforts were also warmly received, as were TV projects like "Gone Country" (CMT, 2008- ) and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ). Rich's apparent golden touch in multiple mediums elevated him beyond the country music borders into the vaunted status of media personality.

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Moved to Nashville, TN and began training to become a professional bull rider
1992:
Formed the band Lonestar (originally called Tennessee) along with his Opryland USA theme park co-workers and fellow Texans Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater, and Dean Sams
1995:
Lonestar released its self-titled debut album; the single "No News" reaches No. 1 on the <i>Billboard</i> country chart
1997:
Rich fired from Lonestar after the group released its second album <i>Crazy Nights</i>
1999:
Recorded his debut album <i>Underneath the Same</i>; album was shelved by the record company and eventually released in 2006
2002:
Along with William Kenneth Alpin ('Big Kenny'), formed the country duo Big & Rich
2004:
Released Big & Rich's debut album <i>Horse of a Different Color</i>; album topped the <i>Billboard</i> Top Country Albums chart and peaked at No. 6 on the <i>Billboard 200</i>
2005:
Released second Big & Rich album, <i>Comin' to Your City</i>
2006:
Big & Rich were named Honorary Members of the 503d Regiment of the 173d Airborne Brigade at a benefit concert for the construction of the 173d Airborne Memorial in Atlanta, GA
2008:
Hosted the CMT reality series "Gone Country" (CMT, 2008- )
2008:
Served as a judge and mentor on USA Network's "Nashville Star"
2009:
Released second solo album <i>Son of a Preacher Man</i>
2011:
Joined the cast of NBC reality competition show "The Apprentice"
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