Big & Rich visit the Bachelor and the ladies for a country music-themed date

February 09, 2015 02:30 PM

If music is the food of love, Chris Soules is eating country-fried chicken.

The farmer in the market for love on The Bachelor has already given this season’s ladies a taste of his down-home lifestyle during mud runs and tractor races, and Monday’s episode sees him plan a songwriting group date in Deadwood, South Dakota.

“Country music is a big part of my life,” Soules, 33, tells the women. “I love country music, and today we’re going to write a few songs.”

Country duo Big & Rich make an appearance to “vet” the girls for Soules, 33, and John Rich admits that “Chris Soules is in quite a predicament” as he chooses just one lady as his potential future wife.

For all his praise for the ladies, Rich has a little friendly ribbing for the Bachelor: “Chris, being a farm boy from Iowa is not wearing farm-boy-from-Iowa boots or nails. So maybe there’s a little rock star gene in Chris after all.”

Though cruise ship singer Carly, 29, is clearly excited to take on this challenge, not everyone is ready to show off her pipes. Fertility nurse Whitney, 29, is especially concerned and speaks about the task as if it were at the start line of the Iron Man competition: “I’m going to really have to, like, push through today.”

The tone-deaf bachelorettes in the group soon find comfort, though, when Soules steps to the stage and promises to “show these girls how it’s not done.” Let’s just say he isn’t underestimating his talent.

The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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