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August 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Big and Rich bring new music and old favorites to Everett

Big and Rich (photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)

Big and Rich (photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)

It’s July 25, and country duo Big and Rich is in the studio working on its new album. Kenny Alphin, who goes by Big Kenny on stage, can’t contain his excitement over the as-yet-untitled project.

“We’re secretly mastering some new songs today. We’ve been going at it for the last two months, recording and writing everything on the go,” Alphin said. “We’re super excited about putting out new music. We just keep notching it up a level. Just awesome songs.”

Alphin said that fans who make it up to the Comcast Arena in Everett for their show Friday will see the band uncork a new number or two, plus plenty of hits.

“You can expect a high-energy show like no other,” Alphin said. “We bring a lot of fun to the stage. We always know we’re going to throw the hits in there, and we’re going to give it something that’ll make it a memorable evening you’ll never forget.”

The hits have been plenty for Big and Rich ever since Alphin and Lonestar founding member John Rich joined forces in 2004 for “Horse of a Different Color,” which featured their breakout single “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).”

They put together a string of hits such as the ESPN College Gameday theme “Comin’ To Your City” and their only No. 1 single, “Lost In This Moment,” before being forced into a hiatus when Alphin hurt his neck in 2008.

It took them five years between albums, but Big and Rich finally came back with 2012’s “Hillbilly Jedi,” which spawned another top-20 hit in “That’s Why I Pray.” Alphin said it was never a question whether or not they would continue to make music together.

“He’s one of the most talented writers, creators or performers I’ve ever met and worked with,” Alphin said of Rich. “We both have a love of all different styles of music. He’s just a super talent and my best friend. He’s the godfather of my children.”

That connection is what has kept Big and Rich together after nearly a decade. It’s also what has kept them committed to bringing their music to fans on tour.

“It’s super fun for us,” Alphin said. “We both love to perform. We’re like racehorses in the shoot before we go on stage. We both love to travel and we love people and we love seeing new places. It’s great to be able to go out there and see the world and it’s a blessing to be able to bring out music with us.”

7:30 p.m. Friday at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave #200, Everett; $41.50-$71.50 (www.comcastarenaeverett.com).

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