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Big & Rich come to Shooting Star

Country superstars Big & Rich will perform at Mahnomen’s Shooting Star Casino on Sunday, May 18. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Country superstar duo Big & Rich, along with special guest Cowboy Troy, will perform live at Mahnomen’s Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center on Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m.

Tickets start at $40 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at, or via the “Buy Tickets” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page.

Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and John Rich, who first started writing music together in 1998, working on new material both as a team and individually.

Rich was a founding member of the country music band, Lonestar, and later a solo artist for BNA Records, while Kenny was formerly a solo artist on Hollywood Records.

They were able to build their reputation in the country music scene and landed a signing deal with Warner Nashville in 2003.

Big & Rich’s first studio album, “Horse of a Different Color,” was released in 2004 and went triple platinum, producing four straight Top 40 Billboard Country hits, including the chart-topper, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).”

The band’s sophomore album, “Comin’ to Your City,” was released in November 2005 and added another Top 20 single, the Vietnam War-inspired, “8th of November,” as well as two more Top 40 Country hits.

Joining the duo on this album were Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 2007, Big & Rich released their third album, “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace,” which produced the duo’s first No. 1 Billboard Country single with the hit, “Lost in This Moment.”

After a five-year hiatus, Big & Rich reunited in May 2011 to release “Fake ID,” a cut from the soundtrack to the 2011 film, “Footloose,” which featured a guest vocal from Gretchen Wilson.

In 2012, the duo issued a new album, titled, “Hillbilly Jedi,” and released the lead single from the album, “That’s Why I Pray.”

Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers, but together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.