Knight Ridder reports that the country duo Big & Rich is breaking out of the country music mold with influences from other areas of the musical spectrum, including bilingual rap.
"'The roots of it is absolutely country music and its branches go all over the place,' Rich says, citing previous trailblazers like the late Johnny Cash, who held sway over rock and country audiences in his prime without diluting his sound."
"Into the staid and polished world of Nashville-produced products comes an album that actually lives up to its name. 'Horse of a Different Color' brims with the hallmarks of traditional country like banjos, fiddles, acoustic guitars and punny song titles such as 'Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).'"
"But it upends convention by adding rock guitars, hip-hop rhythms and bilingual English-Spanish raps from Cowboy Troy."