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Country Duo Big & Rich Bringing Their Sound to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

Big & Rich, America’s Technicolor cowboys, are bringing their sound to the Seneca Allegany Events Center at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY this spring. The country music duo has been one of the most relatable and musically relevant acts since exploding onto the scene in 2003. With 2004’s triple-platinum “Horse of a Different Color,” they tapped into a wide spectrum of popular music to produce an instantly recognizable sound. See them live Saturday, April 11th and hear all your favorite hits - from “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” to “Lost In This Moment” and more.

A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN RICH

HULICK: There’s a lot of excitement building around your show on Saturday, April 11th at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino.

RICH: It’s gonna be good. We’ve always had a very strong fan base in the upstate/ WNY area … always, so we look forward to going back.

 

HULICK: I’ve never seen your show. Could you please tell me a little bit about what goes on?

RICH: The Big & Rich show is a 90 minute show that spans everything from our first songs like “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” all the way to the more recent songs like “California” and “Brand New Buzz”. What’s cool is watching the fan base stretch all the way back to the very early parts of Big & Rich all the way to new fans that are getting turned on to what we do. Sometimes I’ll ask the audience to raise your hand if this is the first time you’ve ever been to a Big & Rich show and we’ll have 50% to 60% raising their hands, which is a pretty awesome thing. One thing we do at every show, and have done for over a thousand shows without missing one, is before we sing our song “The Eighth of November”, which is about a Vietnam veteran, we bring active duty military and veterans up onto our stage, read their names, rank, where they served, when they served and then give them the microphone and let them say whatever’s on their mind. Then we set them down at the Big & Rich Heroes Bar where they get a shot of my whiskey, Redneck Riviera Whiskey, and we do a toast with the audience and sing “God Bless America”.  Cowboy Troy will be there and he brings a whole new element to the show. There are wild party moments in our show, and then there are real serious moments in our show.

 

HULICK: Speaking of your song, “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)”, it got a lot of play when Cheryl Burke & Drew Lachey did their freestyle dance to it on Dancing with the Stars a few years ago …

RICH: Yeah! That song is like “Sweet Home Alabama” is to Lynyrd Skynyrd. It’s one of those epic songs they still play all the time on the radio and at sporting events. I was watching the football playoff games and they go to commercial break and I’m sitting there with my two sons, 8 and 10 years old, and all of a sudden here comes “Save A Horse”. (laughs) My sons go … they’re playing your song at the stadium! I think people just love how fun and wide open that song is … it gives people a great excuse to have a good time. So we always cap our show off with that one every night.

 

HULICK: When you write songs, do you set aside a certain amount of time and say we are going to write songs now for however many weeks or so, or is it whenever wherever?

RICH: Well sometimes it’s whenever, wherever … but most of the time when I’m working a lot I’ll get little short ideas like a title or a melody, maybe a chorus or some lyrics and I’ll catalog all those and make notes on those. Then later in the year when I’m not working as much I’ll sit down and write tons and tons of songs. That’s the way I’ve always done it. Songwriting is kind of a mystery … you don’t know when or where those ideas will show up so you pay attention to those and make sure you don’t let those ideas get away because the chances of remembering them the next day are very short … you gotta grab them when they hit you.

 

HULICK: Do you have a Buffalo connection?

RICH: One of our biggest songs ever, “Comin’ To Your City”, has been the opening song for college football on ESPN for 13 seasons every Saturday morning. In the song it says … “Chippewa’s where we go when we’re up in Buffalo”! We’ve been singing that song for 15 years now, so every time we rip that lyric up in your area people go nuts!

 

HULICK: Well that is definitely a Buffalo connection!

RICH: Throughout the years when we’ve had time either after the show or a day off, we go down to Chippewa and that’s where everybody is hanging out. The people are great in that area! It’s a work hard, play hard atmosphere, which is what we love. It’s what my whiskey is all about. Redneck Riviera Whiskey is sold all throughout the area, so we love it up there!

 

HULICK: Do you and Big Kenny travel by bus on tour?

RICH: Yes. We got a couple buses out there … our Big & Rich bus and then I actually have the Redneck Riviera Whiskey bus that’s on the road and will be at the show coming up with you guys. What we like to do with the whiskey is, because I own it, I give a full 10% of every bottle that’s sold to a group called The Folds of Honor, which is an organization that puts kids through college that lost a parent in combat. In two years my whiskey has funded over 100 college grants and is now in over 10,000 retailers across the U.S. That is unheard of for any brand.

 

HULICK: You are very good at fundraising. Obviously we know that because of your win on Celebrity Apprentice a few years ago.

RICH: You know I turned that show down three seasons in a row. I thought the show was extremely entertaining, but I also saw how a lot of people didn’t come off very well, so I didn’t know if I wanted to step into that. I finally said yes because I set a goal to raise one million dollars for the kids at St. Jude’s Hospitals. By the time it was over I had won the show and raised 1.4 million dollars. So it was a great thing to do and it really propelled me into a lot of philanthropy for places like St. Jude’s, The Folds of Honor and things beyond that. It’s something I’ve always done … trying to give back to other folks and put a spotlight on people that need help around our country. Now I know the President of the United States … whoever thought that was possible?

 

HULICK: Well it was incredible John … the money you raised. When I saw you were on the show I remember thinking this isn’t something I would have thought you would do, but I rooted for you the whole way and I have to say that you handled yourself so well. So I was thrilled at the end!

RICH: (laughs) Well thank you very much!

 

HULICK: Do you have a message for your fans waiting to see you April 11th?

RICH: First I would like to tell them thank you for being fans and for being such loyal, energetic, work hard, play hard people in the Big & Rich nation out there. There’s millions of Big & Rich fans out there and upstate/WNY, in my opinion, is the “real New York” … that’s what I call it … it’s not New York City … it’s New York and I’ve always had a great respect for peoples’ work ethic up there … their patriotism for our country. I think that’s probably one of the reasons they like Big & Rich … and they love to have a good time at the end of the day! We can’t wait to get there and have a Big & Rich time with everybody!

Tickets to Big & Rich start at $45 and can be purchased at senecaalleganycasino.com. For more information on the coutnry duo visit bigandrich.com. For more info and a store locator on Redneck Riviera Whiskey visit redneckriviera.com.