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EDITORS’ NOTES

The title to Kix Brooks’ long overdue second solo album (his preceding one came out in 1989) is a bit misleading until you hear lyrics to the opening title-track wherein he wishes that he was New To This Town. Those fans lamenting the 2010 retirement of country powerhouse duo Brooks & Dunn will be glad to know that New To This Town doesn’t play like the man is trying to reinvent what he and Ronnie Dunn had created for two decades. It immediately resonates with a warm familiarity before boasting a searing solo by guest guitarist Joe Walsh. And the crystalline quality of those air-tight vocal harmonies can be partially credited to the co-production of Jay DeMarcus, one third of the harmonious Rascal Flatts. The following “Moonshine Road” finds Brooks revisiting his talent for rocking bluesy, down-home, boot-stompers while “Bring It On Home” reveals that he shines best when crooning those post honky-tonk make-out ballads. Conversely, “Next To That Woman” finds Brooks expanding on his propensity for turning up the tube amps and rocking out while retaining his twangy roots.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The title to Kix Brooks’ long overdue second solo album (his preceding one came out in 1989) is a bit misleading until you hear lyrics to the opening title-track wherein he wishes that he was New To This Town. Those fans lamenting the 2010 retirement of country powerhouse duo Brooks & Dunn will be glad to know that New To This Town doesn’t play like the man is trying to reinvent what he and Ronnie Dunn had created for two decades. It immediately resonates with a warm familiarity before boasting a searing solo by guest guitarist Joe Walsh. And the crystalline quality of those air-tight vocal harmonies can be partially credited to the co-production of Jay DeMarcus, one third of the harmonious Rascal Flatts. The following “Moonshine Road” finds Brooks revisiting his talent for rocking bluesy, down-home, boot-stompers while “Bring It On Home” reveals that he shines best when crooning those post honky-tonk make-out ballads. Conversely, “Next To That Woman” finds Brooks expanding on his propensity for turning up the tube amps and rocking out while retaining his twangy roots.

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About Kix Brooks

Before he became half of Brooks & Dunn, the most popular country duo of the '90s, Kix Brooks cut an unsuccessful solo album on the basis of a much more productive songwriting career. Brooks was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1955, and discovered country music through his neighbor Johnny Horton; he began performing with Horton's daughter as a youth, and spent his high-school years playing clubs and writing songs on the side. After graduation, he moved to Alaska to work on the oil pipeline, and then relocated to Maine, where he performed often at ski resorts and other venues. He moved to Nashville in the early '80s and landed a job as a staff songwriter with Tree Publishing, which resulted in his compositions being recorded by the likes of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Highway 101, and John Conlee, among others.

Brooks recorded his first solo single, "Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down," for Avion in 1983, but returned to songwriting when it barely made the charts. In 1989, he gave recording a second try, cutting an entire album for Liberty/Capitol; Kix Brooks failed to make the charts when it was released, but was reissued all the same in 1994, once Brooks & Dunn had hit the big time. Moreover, the track "Sacred Ground" was later covered by McBride & the Ride for a hit. Brooks & Dunn called it quits on September 2, 2010 after a concert in Nashville. Brooks' first solo album after the split was New to This Town, released in September of 2012. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    Shreveport, LA
  • BORN
    May 12, 1955

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