California (Big & Rich song)

"California" is a country music song written by John Rich, Rodney Clawson, and Vicky McGehee. It was originally recorded by Tim McGraw on his album Damn Country Music, featuring Big & Rich on backing vocals. Big & Rich released their own version in 2017 as a single, and it appears on their 2017 album Did It for the Party.

Single by Big & Rich
from the album Did It for the Party
ReleasedMarch 6, 2017 (2017-03-06)
FormatMusic download
LabelBig & Rich/Thirty Tigers
Big & Rich singles chronology
"Lovin' Lately"


Tim McGraw recorded the song on his 2015 album Damn Country Music, with Big & Rich on background vocals.[1] McGraw chose to put it on the album because his guitar player played a demo which was recorded by John Rich, one-half of the duo.[2][3]


The song is a country rock song about an ending relationship, focusing on a woman who is leaving her man on a journey to California.[4]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[5] 20
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 32


  1. ^ Konicki, Lisa (March 6, 2017). "Big & Rich Put a Fresh Spin on Not-So-New Single, "California"". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ Stefano, Angela. "BIG & RICH'S NEXT SINGLE, 'CALIFORNIA', MIGHT SOUND FAMILIAR [LISTEN]". The Boot. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  3. ^ Alex, Sam. "BIG & RICH EXPLAIN WHY THEY LET TIM MCGRAW CUT 'CALIFORNIA' FIRST". Taste of Country. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^ Scott, Jason (March 4, 2017). "Big & Rich get all torn up with new single, 'California' (listen)". AXS. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Big & Rich Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Big & Rich Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.