Remember when Big & Rich raised a bunch of eyebrows with this 2004 hit? YouTube

It took until the early 2000?s for the mafia to infiltrate Nashville, but once it did, country music was better for it. And that’s where the MuzikMafia comes in.

What started as an underground group of musicians led by Big & Rich, the MuzikMafibecame a full-fledged movement that erupted on May 4, 2004, when the boys released their debut album, ?Horse Of A Different Color.?

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Led by their single ?Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy),? John Rich and Big Kenny, along with their fellow MuzikMafia’s Cowboy Troy, Two Foot Fred and Gretchen Wilson, rode up and down the Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville and blew the roof off of what was becoming a pretty stale and homogeneous time in country music.

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While ?Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” is easily the duo?s signature song, it didn?t even break the Top 10 on the charts and stalled at No. 11. That just goes to show that while No. 1?s are nice, the charts don?t always tell the complete tale.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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