The new "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace" is frontloaded with gentler, more introspective songs before changing pace halfway through to end things on a rocking note. It's a new twist that John Rich said he and partner Big Kenny Alphin wanted to pursue.
"It is a little different," Rich said. "It kind of puts you in a mind set at the top and keeps you there for half the album, then goes into the next gear which is that throwdown, hardcore crank-it-up kind of thing.
"We just thought this was an interesting way to do it. It's the evolution of Big & Rich, man; we continue to grow and evolve."
The duo has also released a new book, "Big & Rich: All Access," chronicling its career.