Big & Rich to Reunite for Craven Country Jamboree
Big & Rich's hiatus from performing as a duo will come to a blazing end in July 2011, when the two hit the stage together for the first time in three years at the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan, Canada. It will be the raucous duo's third time playing the multi-day music festival, which is held each year in the picturesque town of Craven, Saskatchewan. Next summer's festival runs July 14 - 17.
Other powerhouse headliners scheduled to perform are Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker on July 17 and Sugarland, who will rock the stage along with Big & Rich on July 16. Ronnie Dunn will bring his solo act to the stage on July 15. Other performers include the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gretchen Wilson and John Michael Montgomery. The Craven Country Jamboree is now in its seventh year, and organizers are thrilled with the 2011 lineup of talent.
"I think this is the strongest lineup we've had overall," said Troy Vollhoffer, executive producer of the festival. "We still have some names that we need to announce, but overall we've got something for everybody. We've got the superstar power, we have artists that have never played the show before. When you get to the point where you've had the largest artists in country music, we're back, bringing that same level of talent. This the best one, rounded out. It's a great mix of different dynamics."
The return of Big & Rich is surely the biggest surprise of all to their legions of devoted followers. Over the past couple of years, following their announcement in 2008 that they would go on hiatus while Big Kenny recovered from a pre-existing neck injury, the two have released separate solo projects. In early 2009, John Rich released his first solo CD, 'Son of a Preacher Man,' and the lead single, 'Shuttin' Detroit Down,' peaked at No. 12 on the charts. In late 2009, Big Kenny dropped his first solo album, 'The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy,' on his own Glotown/LOVE EVERYBODY label. That album's first single, 'Long After I'm Gone,' peaked at No. 34. John's latest single is 'Country Done Come to Town' (off his forthcoming EP, 'Rich Rocks').
The Craven Country Jamboree has been a sell-out the past three years. Weekend passes are available for $149. For more information, visit the festival website.