Big & Rich Help Set a Romantic Mood on Monday Night’s Episode of “The Bachelor”

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich made a guest appearance on ABC's The Bachelor Monday night. The duo helped this season's farmer bachelor, Chris Soules, and the bachelorettes write and perform songs during a group date in Deadwood, South Dakota. While his wife is a big fan of The Bachelor, Big & Rich's John Rich admits he was a little skeptical about watching a bunch of pretty women compete for one guy's hand in marriage. Meeting Chris and taking part in the taping changed John's tune, though.

He tells ABC News Radio, "It was an interesting process. I definitely gained more of an appreciation for the show by being on it and seeing how it goes down."

Taping the episode of The Bachelor in Deadwood was also Big & Rich's idea. They've written a lot of music there and consider the Wild West town to be a home away from home.

"I mean, that's where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane played cards," John explains. "That's where they're both buried. When you get out in that town, man, I mean it's drinking and gambling. It's the Wild West. To throw all the girls on The Bachelor into that scene -- that's gasoline on a fire."

Later on the show, Big & Rich played two songs for the bachelor and one of his bachelorettes, Britt. The set included Big & Rich's signature song, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," which they sang as "Save a Horse (Ride a Farm Boy)" in honor of Chris.

John says, "That song has become kind of Big & Rich's 'Sweet Home Alabama.' When we hit [that opening guitar riff] everybody just -- they know what it is. We could probably be a hundred years old and play that and they would still get up."

The other song on Big & Rich's The Bachelor set list is "Lovin' Lately," a song featuring Tim McGraw from the duo's latest album, Gravity.

"They asked us to play that one because of the subject matter of the show," John says. "'Who You Been Lovin' Lately?' No kidding! I mean, you're 'The Bachelor' with 20 hot girls around. So, it was fun."

In other Big & Rich news, look for their four-part Gravity Quadrilogy to premiere on CMT this Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET. The 15-minute video shows a love story unfolding in Las Vegas using their songs "Look at You," "Lovin' Lately, "Brand New Buzz" and "Gravity" as the soundtrack. Tim McGraw even makes a cameo in the video series, playing a bartender giving some advice to a heartbroken guy.

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Big & Rich Help Set a Romantic Mood on Monday Night’s Episode of “The Bachelor”

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich made a guest appearance on ABC's The Bachelor Monday night. The duo helped this season's farmer bachelor, Chris Soules, and the bachelorettes write and perform songs during a group date in Deadwood, South Dakota. While his wife is a big fan of The Bachelor, Big & Rich's John Rich admits he was a little skeptical about watching a bunch of pretty women compete for one guy's hand in marriage. Meeting Chris and taking part in the taping changed John's tune, though.

He tells ABC News Radio, "It was an interesting process. I definitely gained more of an appreciation for the show by being on it and seeing how it goes down."

Taping the episode of The Bachelor in Deadwood was also Big & Rich's idea. They've written a lot of music there and consider the Wild West town to be a home away from home.

"I mean, that's where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane played cards," John explains. "That's where they're both buried. When you get out in that town, man, I mean it's drinking and gambling. It's the Wild West. To throw all the girls on The Bachelor into that scene -- that's gasoline on a fire."

Later on the show, Big & Rich played two songs for the bachelor and one of his bachelorettes, Britt. The set included Big & Rich's signature song, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," which they sang as "Save a Horse (Ride a Farm Boy)" in honor of Chris.

John says, "That song has become kind of Big & Rich's 'Sweet Home Alabama.' When we hit [that opening guitar riff] everybody just -- they know what it is. We could probably be a hundred years old and play that and they would still get up."

The other song on Big & Rich's The Bachelor set list is "Lovin' Lately," a song featuring Tim McGraw from the duo's latest album, Gravity.

"They asked us to play that one because of the subject matter of the show," John says. "'Who You Been Lovin' Lately?' No kidding! I mean, you're 'The Bachelor' with 20 hot girls around. So, it was fun."

In other Big & Rich news, look for their four-part Gravity Quadrilogy to premiere on CMT this Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET. The 15-minute video shows a love story unfolding in Las Vegas using their songs "Look at You," "Lovin' Lately, "Brand New Buzz" and "Gravity" as the soundtrack. Tim McGraw even makes a cameo in the video series, playing a bartender giving some advice to a heartbroken guy.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has sold more than 107,000 tickets for his six upcoming concerts at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The run starts February 20 and wraps up February 28 with tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Get-well wishes go out to Frankie Ballard, who sustained some injuries while stage diving during his show over the weekend in Humble, Texas. Even though he separated his shoulder, injured some ligaments and broke a rib, Frankie is going forward with his tour schedule. He is unable to play guitar for the time being.

Sam Hunt is in Nashville this week shooting the video for his latest single, "Take Your Time." Look for it to premiere in a few weeks.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for eight Christmas shows starting December 2 and running through December 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has sold more than 107,000 tickets for his six upcoming concerts at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The run starts February 20 and wraps up February 28 with tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Get-well wishes go out to Frankie Ballard, who sustained some injuries while stage diving during his show over the weekend in Humble, Texas. Even though he separated his shoulder, injured some ligaments and broke a rib, Frankie is going forward with his tour schedule. He is unable to play guitar for the time being.

Sam Hunt is in Nashville this week shooting the video for his latest single, "Take Your Time." Look for it to premiere in a few weeks.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for eight Christmas shows starting December 2 and running through December 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has sold more than 107,000 tickets for his six upcoming concerts at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The run starts February 20 and wraps up February 28 with tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Get-well wishes go out to Frankie Ballard, who sustained some injuries while stage diving during his show over the weekend in Humble, Texas. Even though he separated his shoulder, injured some ligaments and broke a rib, Frankie is going forward with his tour schedule. He is unable to play guitar for the time being.

Sam Hunt is in Nashville this week shooting the video for his latest single, "Take Your Time." Look for it to premiere in a few weeks.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for eight Christmas shows starting December 2 and running through December 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.

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Miranda Lambert Keeping It Country as She Explores Her Rock Side on “Little Red Wagon”

Image Courtesy CMANext to AC/DC's show-opening performance, Miranda Lambert's delivery of "Little Red Wagon" on Sunday night's Grammy Awards was the most rocking moment of the show. So, is Miranda thinking about a move into the rock format soon? Not so fast.

"I'm country through and through," Miranda says. "I could sing any kind of music, but it would still be country because I'm from East Texas, as you can clearly hear."

Miranda plans to continue making music with the guitars cranked up to 11, but she balances that with more traditional-leaning material like her # 1 hit, "Automatic."

Says Miranda, "I love to have a rock element in my music. It's just fun and it gives me energy, but I'm a huge classic country fan. So, I think I'm somewhere in the middle. "

Miranda's latest album, Platinum, won the Best Country Album Grammy Sunday night.

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