Horse of a Different Color (Big & Rich album)

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Horse of a Different Color
Studio album by Big & Rich
Released May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
Recorded Dark Horse Recording Studio
Genre Country
Length 45:55
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Big Kenny
John Rich
Paul Worley
Big & Rich chronology
Horse of a Different Color
Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak (EP)
(2004)Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak (EP)2004
Singles from Horse of a Different Color
  1. "Wild West Show"
    Released: December 15, 2003
  2. "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
    Released: April 19, 2004
  3. "Holy Water"
    Released: September 20, 2004
  4. "Big Time"
    Released: February 7, 2005
Alternative Covers
Red cover
Red cover
Gold cover
Gold cover
Christmas cover
Christmas cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Country Weekly[3]

Horse of a Different Color is the debut studio album by the American country music duo Big & Rich. It was released in 2004 on Warner Bros. Records and it contains the hit singles "Wild West Show", "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", "Holy Water", and "Big Time". Respectively, these reached No. 21, No. 11, No. 15, and No. 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of three million copies.[4]


Horse of a Different Color features several guest musicians, primarily members of the MuzikMafia, the collaborative singer-songwriter group that Big & Rich founded. Country rap artist Cowboy Troy is featured on the lead-off track "Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)", and makes an uncredited guest appearance at the end of "Kick My Ass". Gretchen Wilson provides background vocals on "Saved", and Jon Nicholson on "Love Train". The only guest musician who is not a MuzikMafia member is Martina McBride, who provides backing vocals on the final track, "Live This Life". Big Kenny and John Rich, who comprise the duo, co-wrote all the tracks on the album, and co-produced it with Paul Worley.

Four singles were released from this album. Lead-off single "Wild West Show" peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard country charts in early 2004. Following it was "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", which peaked at No. 11 and was certified platinum by the RIAA as a single. The third single release, the No. 15 "Holy Water", was inspired by Big Kenny's and John Rich's sisters, both victims of domestic abuse. "Big Time" was the final single, reaching No. 20 in mid-2005.

Track listing[edit]

1."Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)" (featuring Cowboy Troy)Big Kenny, John Rich, Cowboy Troy4:52
2."Wild West Show"Kenny, Rich, Blair Daly4:23
3."Big Time"Kenny, Rich, Angie Aparo3:56
4."Kick My Ass" (featuring Cowboy Troy (uncredited))Kenny, Rich, Bryan Wayne5:01
5."Holy Water"Kenny, Rich, Vicky McGehee, Jeff Cohen4:19
6."Saved" (background vocals: Gretchen Wilson)Kenny, Rich, John Phillips4:51
7."Real World"Kenny, Rich, Adam M. Shoenfeld5:05
8."Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"Kenny, Rich3:22
9."Drinkin' 'bout You"Kenny, Rich2:56
10."Love Train" (background vocals: Jon Nicholson)Kenny, Rich, Jon Nicholson3:49
11."Deadwood Mountain"Kenny, Rich5:10
12."Live This Life" (background vocals: Martina McBride)Kenny, Rich5:33
Total length:45:55


As listed in liner notes.[5]

Big & Rich
Additional musicians
  • Brian Barnett - drums (4-9, 11), tambourine (6, 7)
  • Steve Brewster - drums (12), shaker (12)
  • Dennis Burnside - keyboards (2, 9, 11)
  • Cowboy Troy - "multilingual 'hick-hop' rap" (1), vocals (4)
  • Owen Hale - drums (10)
  • Mike Johnson - steel guitar (1-8,11,12)
  • Wayne Killius - drums (1-3,13), shaker (2), peanut can (2), tambourine (13)
  • Martina McBride - background vocals (13)
  • Duncan Mullins - bass guitar (2)
  • Jon Nicholson - background vocals (11)
  • Matt Pierson - bass guitar (1,3-8,10-13)
  • Michael Rojas - keyboards (1,3-8,10-13)
  • Adam Shoenfeld - electric guitar
  • Nicole Summers - flute (2)
  • Justin Tocket - bass guitar (9)
  • Gretchen Wilson - background vocals (7)
  • Paul Worley - "yeehaw juice" (4)
  • Jonathan Yudkin - fiddle (1,3,4,7,8,9,11,12), banjo (1,8,9,12), strings (1,6,7,13), string composer (1,6,7,13), string arrangements (1,6,7,13), mandolin (6,7), harp (7)
  • Richard Dodd - mastering
  • Big Kenny - production
  • Bart Pursley - recording, mixing
  • John Rich - production
  • Paul Worley - production

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[6] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 6


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
2003 "Wild West Show" 21 85
2004 "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" 11 56 87
"Holy Water" 15 75
2005 "Big Time" 20 103
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold
United States (RIAA)[13] 3× Platinum