12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Back together after a five-year hiatus, Big Kenny and John Rich reclaim their MuzikMafia mojo on Hillbilly Jedi. Time hasn’t reduced the duo’s flair for provocation—but there’s also plenty of well-crafted balladry here to broaden their appeal. From the start, Big & Rich have melded rock and hip-hop influences with Nashville-style country to forge a sound that’s loud, proud, and hard-stomping. This time out, they enlist Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to inject extra guitar crunch into “Born Again” and aim for the arena rafters with the anthemic “’Cause I Play Guitar.” Old friend Cowboy Troy applies his rap prowess to the fiddle-driven “Rock the Boat” and the swaggering party tune “Get Your Game On.” The oddest entry here is “M-e-d-l-e-y of the Hillbilly Jedi,” an extended jaunt into faux-lounge jazz and country swing that catches the duo at their quirkiest. At the other extreme are the reverent “That’s Why I Pray,” the yearning, R&B-slanted “Lay It All on Me," and the Roy Orbison–esque “Cheat on You.” It adds up to a diverse, genre-busting release by a pair of mavericks still unwilling to play by the rules.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Back together after a five-year hiatus, Big Kenny and John Rich reclaim their MuzikMafia mojo on Hillbilly Jedi. Time hasn’t reduced the duo’s flair for provocation—but there’s also plenty of well-crafted balladry here to broaden their appeal. From the start, Big & Rich have melded rock and hip-hop influences with Nashville-style country to forge a sound that’s loud, proud, and hard-stomping. This time out, they enlist Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to inject extra guitar crunch into “Born Again” and aim for the arena rafters with the anthemic “’Cause I Play Guitar.” Old friend Cowboy Troy applies his rap prowess to the fiddle-driven “Rock the Boat” and the swaggering party tune “Get Your Game On.” The oddest entry here is “M-e-d-l-e-y of the Hillbilly Jedi,” an extended jaunt into faux-lounge jazz and country swing that catches the duo at their quirkiest. At the other extreme are the reverent “That’s Why I Pray,” the yearning, R&B-slanted “Lay It All on Me," and the Roy Orbison–esque “Cheat on You.” It adds up to a diverse, genre-busting release by a pair of mavericks still unwilling to play by the rules.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

HisRoyalFool ,

OH MY GOD

In all honesty I was just chilling on the web looking for good new music and happened to notice that this album literally dropped an hour ago. Obviously I've listened to Save a Horse for years but apart from that I've never thought too much about Big n Rich. Oh, poor poor me. I literally love this album with everything I've got and I can't believe it took me till now to see just how this band has always been around. I've already bought the rest of their albums without a second doubt. This thing is....incredible. Album of the year, yes.

Smmer11 ,

Country Music Without Prejudice!

Big and Rich are back and better than ever! Hillbilly Jedi is their best album yet! This album is what music in general is missing today. Good, fun, clean music that rocks and makes you feel good is the music of Big and Rich. Phenomenal job guys and I look forward to seeing you when you're coming to my city!!

DebCB ,

They Are Back

I can't believe they made a complete album! It is so good no GREAT it is going to rank right up there with Big Time @ other great old ones!!

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