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Big & Rich kick off another year of Predators playoff anthem singers

Country duo delivers soulful rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 vs. Stars

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

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DAL@NSH, Gm1: Big and Rich Game 1 national anthem

R1, Gm1: Country music stars, Big and Rich, perform the national anthem prior to the Predators' Game 1 matchup against the Stars in Nashville

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The Nashville Predators made Stanley Cup Playoff time a Big & Rich time.

The award-winning country duo served as the opening act performing the "Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Dallas Stars.

Booking a well-known country act to sing the national anthem has been the Predators thing the past two postseasons.

The Predators started the ritual in 2017 on their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Celebrated country artists such as Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Lady Antebellum performed the anthem before playoff games in Nashville. The Predators continued the trend for their seven playoff games at Bridgestone Arena in 2018.

Big & Rich are best known for their 2004 hits "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" and "Comin' to Your City."

Big Kenny, sporting a top hat with "Love" written on it, and John Rich, in his black cowboy hat, delivered a soulful rendition of the anthem Wednesday.

Kenny also tweeted out a nod to his mother-in-law, a big Predators fan living in California, before the performance.

Tweet from @BigKennyTV: Nana Sally, my mother-in-law, mama of 7, Nana to 20 grandkids, happily married to Papa Chico Holiday for SIXTY years & happens to be one of the biggest Predators fans I know!! She's reppin' the Preds in Southern CA tonight!!! Ready for the boys to RAWK Nashville and get that W!!! pic.twitter.com/e9i9yRbBHq

Your move, Game 2.

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