John Rich has announced he’ll release a solo album this year on Warner Bros. Nashville and that Big & Rich will return in 2009. “If anyone knows me, they know I’m always writing music,” said Rich. “When we decided to take this year off so Kenny could focus on rehabilitation for a pre-existing injury, I asked Kenny if he was cool with me recording a solo project. I would only do this with Kenny’s blessing. So, this year you can expect a solo record from me, but Big & Rich will be back in 2009.” The duo reached No. 1 at country radio last year with “Lost in This Moment.” In addition to extensive songwriting credits, Rich also produced albums by Alabama’s Randy Owen and singer-songwriter Jewel, both scheduled to be released this year.