Today (March 6), Big & Rich announced the release of their new single, “California.” But some country fans may already be familiar with the tune that was previously cut by Tim McGraw and featured Big & Rich on harmonies. That version is a cut from Tim’s 2015 album, Damn Country Music, but it was never released as a single.
The duo reworked the song to give it a Big & Rich feel. They shared their excitement, along with a snippet of the new tune, on Instagram. The rebooted single sounds off about a girl who is in love with California and chooses the sunshine and beaches over her man.
“(Cuz) she’s in love with California / And that west coast sunshine dream / These ain’t no holly woods / And these hills ain’t Beverly / Ain’t no beaches on these backroads / No sunset on the boulevard / She’s in love with California /And breakin’ my heart,” they sing in the chorus.
Written by John Rich, Rodney Clawson and Vicky McGhee, “California” is the lead single from Big & Rich’s upcoming sixth studio album, Did It for the Party, due out later this year.
“We like the song ‘California’ because it goes quick, quick, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, slow,” John says in the video.
“It’s a two-stepping song,” adds Big Kenny.
Check out Big & Rich’s version of “California.”
You can catch Big & Rich on Tour as part of their Did It For the Party Tour, which kicks off on April 29 in Tallahassee, Fla. The duo are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards taking place in Las Vegas on April 2.
Big & Rich‘s 2017 Did It For The Party Tour:
April 29 / Tallahassee, Fla. / Florida State University
May 26 / Forest City, Iowa / Tree Town Music Festival
June 10 / Valdosta, Ga. / Wild Adventures Theme Park
June 11 / Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Carolina Country Music Fest
June 22 / Manhattan , Kan. / Country Stampede
June 23 / Chicago / Lake Shake Festival
July 08 / University Park, Pa. / Beaver Stadium with Blake Shelton
July 12 / La Porte, Ind. / La Porte County Fair
July 14 / Atchison, Kan. / LakeFest
July 21 / Monticello, Iowa / Great Jones County Fair
July 23 / Twin Lakes, Wis. / Country Thunder
Aug. 03 / Camrose, Canada / Big Valley Jamboree
Aug. 19 / Greenville, N.C. / Carolina Kickoff
Sept. 1 / Huron, S.D. / South Dakota State Fair
Sept. 16 / Colorado Springs, Colo. / Falcon Stadium
Oct. 07 / Battle Creek, Mich. / FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Photo by Joe Hardwick / Webster PR