Wild West Show (song)

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"Wild West Show"
Single by Big & Rich
from the album Horse of a Different Color
B-side "Saved"
Released December 15, 2003
Format CD single, music download
Recorded 2003
Genre Country
Length 4:20 (album version)
3:59 (radio edit)
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Big Kenny
John Rich
Blair Daly
Producer(s) Big Kenny
John Rich
Paul Worley
Big & Rich singles chronology
"Wild West Show"
(2003)
"Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
(2004)

"Wild West Show" is the title of a debut song co-written and recorded by American country music duo Big & Rich. It was released in December 2003 as the first single from their debut album Horse of a Different Color. It reached No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The song was written by Big Kenny, John Rich and Blair Daly.

Content[edit]

The song uses 19th-century Western imagery to describe an argument between a man and a woman ("It was a big showdown / Oh yeah, we stood our ground / Shot out the lights, it got a little crazy").[1] The song also talks about forgiveness and a relationship.

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Eddy of The Village Voice wrote that the song "mixes a placid keyboard intro, spacious spaghetti-western guitars, and Andes flute solos into a tepee-and-peace-pipe lyric that repeatedly chants 'hey yaaaa!'"[2] Deborah Evans Price of Billboard magazine also gave it a positive review, saying that it has a "very distinct vibe", also calling it "hauntingly beautiful" and saying that it had "quirky Western imagery".[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003–2004) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 85
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Rich, Big Kenny, Allen Rucker (2007). All Access: Big & Rich. Nashville: Center Street Press. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-1-59995-717-3. 
  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (May 25, 2004). "Nashville Catches Up". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (January 24, 2004). "Reviews: Country". Billboard 116 (4): 32. 
  4. ^ "Big & Rich Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Big & Rich. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Big & Rich Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Big & Rich. Retrieved January 30, 2011.

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