352391R1032A_32A_111I’ve been going to get something up here about Gretchen Wilson, but just haven’t done it. The article was going to be all about her new single, “I’d Love to be your Last.” While I’ve never considered myself a huge Gretchen fan, I’ve always thought her music was  good. And I always had a lot of admiration for her – single mom, making it in country music, going back to school for her GED. Very impressive lady. However, when I heard her new song, I though “Wow, I didn’t realize she had a soft side.”

I love the song. It’s quiet, tells a story, it’s Gretchen and a guitar. And it’s a good song.  But since I heard that song, I found out that Gretchen is heading out on tour – with Big and Rich! She did that back about five years ago, they were at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tenn. The show was great. I’m sure this show will be even better. (All of the pictures in this post were taken at the Johnson City show).

Not long ago, I was talking to a local radio executive, and Big and Rich somehow got into the conversation – he said, “That duo is over, they won’t be doing anything together anymore.” Ok, I guess he was wrong about that. I don’t know if John and Big Kenny have any plans to record again, but they are definitely hitting the road, with Gretchen, on this 30 city tour. And that’s a good thing for their fans.

The tour will start on June 18, 2011, in Springfield, Mo., and run for 30 shows. You can get the schedule here. If you remember the last tour these three did, it won’t surprise you to hear that Two Foot Fred will be along to make special appearances during the tour, as will Cowboy Troy. The artists are all going to use the same eight-piece band, and the center of the elaborate stage will include a fully-operational bar. Yep, I can see that for these guys.

“We’ve been talking about this for quite a while, and we really put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into putting together a show we feel the fans will walk away and say, ‘wow, I’ve never seen anything like that,’” said Gretchen. “You’re going to see me come out and sing on Big & Rich songs, you’re going to see John and Kenny sing on my songs, and there’s no telling where Two-Foot and Cowboy Troy will be!”

352391R1098A_98A_117 - Copy“They’ll be up at the bar,” quipped John. “You know, this crew started out with a bunch of us hanging out in little clubs playing all kinds of music,” he added, paying homage to the MuzikMafia movement they started years ago in Nashville. “We want to give our fans not just a great night of music but an experience they’ll talk about for a long time.”

352391R11615A_15A_124“We’ve been friends for so long,” said Big Kenny, “writing, recording, touring and even watching our kids grow up together. John and I have both done solo projects, which were fun, but we’re ready to get out and make some Big & Rich noise! This set is custom-designed to deliver all the hits that everybody wants to hear.”

From a quick look over the dates on the tour schedule, I don’t think they are going to get near me this year. Hopefully, Hopefully this won’t be the last tour for the trio and their special guests.

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I’ve been going to get something up here about Gretchen Wilson, but just haven’t done it. The article was going to be all about her new single, “I’d Love to be your Last.” While I’ve never considered myself a huge Gretchen fan, I’ve always thought her music was  good....