Son of a Preacher Man (album)

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For the Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin song, see "Son of a Preacher Man."

Son of a Preacher Man
John Rich album.jpg
Studio album by John Rich
Released March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
Genre Country
Length 41:08
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer John Rich
John Rich chronology
Underneath the Same Moon
(2006)Underneath the Same Moon2006
Son of a Preacher Man
Rich Rocks (EP)
(2011)Rich Rocks (EP)2011
Singles from Son of a Preacher Man
  1. "Another You"
    Released: January 12, 2009
  2. "Shuttin' Detroit Down"
    Released: January 28, 2009
  3. "The Good Lord and the Man"
    Released: June 29, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine0/5 stars[2]

Son of a Preacher Man is the third solo studio album by American country music artist John Rich, one half of the duo Big & Rich. Rich wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album. Originally slated for a May 2009 release on Warner Bros. Records, the same label to which Big & Rich are signed, Son of a Preacher Man was released on March 24, 2009.


"Another You"[edit]

The first single released from the album, "Another You", debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 51 for the week of January 24, 2009.[3] The song's chart run was supplanted by "Shuttin' Detroit Down", a last-minute addition to the album.

"Shuttin' Detroit Down"[edit]

"Shuttin' Detroit Down" was not originally planned to be included on Son of a Preacher Man. Rich co-wrote the song with fellow country singer John Anderson, and sent the song to radio in late January 2009, thus halting the chart run of "Another You". "Shuttin' Detroit Down" debuted at number 34 on the country charts, giving Rich his first solo Top 40 single of his career.[4] It reached a peak of number 12 after nine weeks on the chart. After the release of "Shuttin' Detroit Down", the album's release date was moved up to March.

"The Good Lord and the Man"[edit]

"The Good Lord and the Man" is the third release to radio from Son of a Preacher Man. The single debuted at number 59 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of July 4, 2009. The single received a thumbs-down from Karlie Justus of Engine 145, who said, "Unfortunately, whatever authentic patriotism Rich conjures up in the opening verses is instantly discredited by the song’s uncomfortably off-putting chorus. Rich doesn’t effectively channel the emotions his grandfather’s service evokes within him and his phrasing and lyrics end up straining both rhythmically and logically to make his points."[5] After a short chart run, it reached a peak of number 56.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Rich and Vicky McGehee unless otherwise noted.

1."Shuttin' Detroit Down"John Anderson, John Rich4:01
2."Trucker Man" 3:09
3."The Good Lord and the Man"Rich3:38
4."Another You"Marv Green, Rich3:51
5."Preacher Man Land" 3:34
6."I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" 3:42
7."Everybody Wants to Be Me" 3:27
8."Turn a Country Boy On" 3:19
9."Why Does Somebody Always Have to Die"Rich5:31
10."I Thought You'd Never Ask"Anderson, Rich3:28
11."Drive Myself to Drink"McGehee, James Otto, Rich3:28
Total length:41:08


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 16


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2009 "Another You" 45
"Shuttin' Detroit Down" 12 75 95
"The Good Lord and the Man" 56


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Son of a Preacher Man review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "John Rich: Son of a Preacher Man". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hot Country Songs - "Another You"". 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-01-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Hot Country Songs - "Shuttin' Detroit Down"". 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  5. ^ Engine 145: John Rich - "The Good Lord and the Man" Archived 2014-12-18 at the Wayback Machine.