Underneath the Same Moon Big & Rich's songwriting powerhouse John Rich recorded this solo debut in 1999 after leaving pedestrian radio twangers Lonestar, but his label quashed it. Here's… Underneath the Same Moon Big & Rich's songwriting powerhouse John Rich recorded this solo debut in 1999 after leaving pedestrian radio twangers Lonestar, but his label quashed it. Here's… 2006-03-14 John Rich Country
Music Review

Underneath the Same Moon (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 14, 2006; Lead Performance: John Rich; Genre: Country

Big & Rich's songwriting powerhouse John Rich recorded this solo debut in 1999 after leaving pedestrian radio twangers Lonestar, but his label quashed it. Here's what we missed: 11 songs (some since recycled) mixing modern country tradition/cliché with '80s big-hair pop-rock and ballads. Flashes of his current group's eclecticism — which must have been what scared the suits back then — help Underneath the Same Moon transcend the average. But not often enough.

Originally posted Mar 10, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints
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