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John Rich

John Rich graduated from Dickson County Senior High in Dickson, Tennessee and after graduation moved to Nashville where he worked at Opryland USA singing. He wanted to be a professional team roper though. Not long after he met up with the group Texasee, which eventually changed its name to Lonestar. While in Lonestar, Rich was the bass guitarist and, on some occasions, the lead singer (one of the band's singles, "Heartbroke Every Day," featured his lead vocals). Rich also co-wrote two of the band's singles: "Come Cryin' to Me" and "Say When", the former being a number-one single for the group. In January 1998, Rich was fired from Lonestar. Afterward, Rich became a solo artist with BNA Records, the same label to which Lonestar was signed. He charted two singles for the label, and recorded an album which did not see release until 2006.


Born Jan. 7, 1974, in Amarillo, Texas, John Rich first found mainstream success in the country band Lonestar as its bassist and occasional lead singer.
But after recording two albums with the band, they parted ways in 1998.
Rich remained on BNA Records as a solo artist, but his first two singles failed to crack the Top 40, and the label did not release the album.
After becoming somewhat disillusioned with the music industry, Rich co-founded a collective of musical outsiders known as the MuzikMafia, which began playing in the small Nashville bar called the Pub of Love.
His like-minded companions included "Big Kenny" Alphin, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto and Jon Nicholson.
When Rich teamed with Big Kenny to form Big & Rich, they caught everybody by surprise with a double-platinum debut, thanks to the hit, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."
Rich also co-wrote Wilson's anthem, "Redneck Woman," as well as "Here for the Party" and "When I Think About Cheatin'."
His writing career continued to explode with cuts by Jason Aldean, Faith Hill, Wynonna and many others.
In 2006, BNA finally released Rich's solo album, Underneath the Same Moon. Guests included Alphin, Sara Evans, the Fairfield Four and Delbert McClinton.

 

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