Single Review: Big & Rich - "That's Why I Pray"
By: Matt Bjorke
When they first arrived on the country music scene about eight years ago, Big & Rich were both struggling solo artists who partnered for the sake of making great music. Their debut album Horse of a Different Color showcased a duo who were strikingly amazing together and they created something so unique, so different than traditional Nashville artists that they were either going to break out in a massive way or they were going to be misunderstood and never heard from again. Warner Music Nashville bet on the former and were rewarded when the band became the biggest buzzworthy act in country music since perhaps Garth Brooks 15 years before them.
After selling over 5 million albums from 2004-2009 (spread over three releases, two special “Fan Packs” and a Greatest Hits album), Big & Rich took a hiatus to work on successful solo projects. But much like Pop/R&B’s Hall & Oates, Big & Rich are much better together than apart. They prove this with this striking and well-crafted single from their forthcoming fourth album.
The vocal harmonies from Big & Rich has always been one of their better traits and it’s all over this mid-tempo song about trying to make the world a better place. This is such an uplifting, hopeful song from the duo [who are known to most people for their rowdy fare like “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)] that it certainly stands out amongst the plethora of sond-a-likes songs on country radio. The production is crisp with mandolins clearly audible within the mix of guitars and faint strings.
This song screams hit and it should rival songs like “The Sound of a Million Dreams” for contention amongst the CMA “Song of the Year” and perhaps even “Single of the Year” candidates. It’s that strong and that good. Welcome back guys, we’ve missed ya!
Writers: Danelle Leverett, Blair Daly, & Sarah Buxton.
Producer: Dann Huff