Big & Rich to headline Kenworth concert at MATS

| 1/15/2007

Country super-duo Big & Rich will headline Kenworth Truck Company’s 19th annual “Customer Appreciation Concert” at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Freedom Hall, next to the Mid-America Trucking Show and part of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

Cowboy Troy, co-host of USA Network’s reality program, “Nashville Star,” will be the opening act for the show.

According to a Kenworth press release, complimentary concert tickets will be available to CDL holders only, limit two tickets per person.

“This concert is Kenworth’s special way of saying thanks to the hard working, dedicated trucking professionals that get the job done every day,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales.

Tickets, while supplies last, will be distributed in the South Hall Lobby at Booth No. 2 starting at 10 a.m. on both Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23.

The award-winning Big & Rich rode to success in 2004 with their double-platinum debut album “Horse of a Different Color,” which included such hit singles as “Wild West Show” and “Save a Horse.”

Their second album, “Comin’ to Your City,” also quickly moved up the charts. The album’s title song served as the introduction music for ESPN’s “College GameDay” during the 2005 and 2006 college football seasons.

More recently, the duo – also known as Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich – received three Country Music Association nominations, including Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “8th of November” and Vocal Duo of the Year.

Rich received the 2006 country songwriter-artist of the year at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Country Music Awards. Alphin shared 2005 songwriter of the year honors at the BMI Country Awards.