Don’t expect John Rich to rest on his laurels now that not only has he won “Celebrity Apprentice” — but broken the show’s fundraising records with $1.3 million donated to his charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
He and his pal and partner Big Kenny Alphin and Gretchen Wilson have a brand new video on the way — and they’ve got their Big & Rich tour to keep them busy all summer long. “I’m really excited to be back on the road with Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, and Cowboy Troy — the nucleus of the Music Mafia back together again,” he says. “We’ve got great reports from fans around the country who are all pumped up to see us.” Their “Xtreme Muzik” tour starts June 18.
The new song/video is “Fake ID,” which, he says, “is actually going to be featured in the new ‘Footloose’ movie with Julianne Hough. It’s a huge choreographed dance number. I’ve seen a sneak peek and it’s awesome,” he tells us of the feature due in October.
It’s been a busy three years since Big & Rich have been out touring together. Rich explains, “Big Kenny kind of became a world traveler there for awhile, shooting documentaries. I’ve been working with JaneDear and on ‘Shuttin Detroit Down,’ ‘Gone Country’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice,'” he notes, ticking off some of his producing, solo recording, and TV activities. “We had that breather, and then, Kenny reached out to me and said, ‘Hey man, I’m going to be back in town. You want to do something?’ And I said, ‘Dude, I’ve been waiting on that call.'”