Thursday, April 2, 2009

John Rich Premieres Video for “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” on Entertainment Tonight This Friday

RJ Note: Heard the song. Loved it. Listen to it.

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Records artist John Rich will premiere the video for his hit single, “Shuttin' Detroit Down” exclusively on “Entertainment Tonight” on Friday, April 3**. In addition to premiering on “Entertainment Tonight,” the video will also be available online at As previously released, the video stars Oscar-nominated Mickey Rourke and Country Music Hall Of Fame Member Kris Kristofferson. “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” has already made an impact at radio in a little over nine weeks as it currently sits at No. 12 on both the Radio & Records Chart and Country Aircheck Singles Chart. “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” is featured on Rich’s new album, Son Of A Preacher Man, which debuted last week at No. 3 on the on the Top Country Albums Chart.

In the video, Rourke and Kristofferson play two struggling blue collar workers trying to stay afloat. Demonstrating an all too common occurrence, Kristofferson’s character gets laid of from his job where he has worked for over thirty years. We watch the repercussions unfold, as he is unable to make ends meet and loses his home. Rich’s video brings the faces and stories of many struggling Americans to the small screen.

In a recent New York Times feature, published on March 31, Jon Caramanica says about “Shuttin Detroit Down,” “There’s no screaming on the first great song of the bailout era. No audible rage. No tears. Instead, on “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” the country star John Rich, singing evenly, sounds perfectly levelheaded, as if he’d thought through his position thoroughly and acquired the peace of the righteous.”

Most recently known as one-half of the multi-platinum Warner Bros. Records duo, Big & Rich, Rich has been honing his writing skills for years. He has made a name for himself as an artist in his own right, a producer, an award-winning songwriter, and host of the smash hit series Gone Country on CMT. As a part of Big & Rich and as a songwriter, he has garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. He was also awarded the ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and has written 13 Top 10 singles.

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