News / Arts & Entertainment

Kix Brooks Goes Solo on 'New To This Town'

Kix Brooks
Kix Brooks
TEXT SIZE - +
Mary Morningstar
Kix Brooks left his native Louisiana for Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1980s to pursue a solo career in Country music.  That idea was sidelined when producer Tim DuBois teamed him with Ronnie Dunn to form the duo Brooks & Dunn.  Brooks’ career has come full circle with his return to being a solo act.

The title track to Kix Brooks’ new solo album “New To This Town” features Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.  Brooks also brought in Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus to co-produce the collection.

Brooks recorded his first solo album in 1989.  The following year, he began a 20-year partnership with Ronnie Dunn in one of Country music’s most popular duos, Brooks & Dunn.  In 2009, Brooks and Dunn announced they were going their separate ways after performing a farewell tour in 2010.

Kix Brooks Goes Solo on 'New To This Town'
Kix Brooks Goes Solo on 'New To This Town'i
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

Brooks played lead guitar and sang harmony vocals in Brooks & Dunn.  Although he was ready to rediscover his own sound, he admits he was nervous about performing solo for the first time in more than two decades and the response he’d get from the millions of Brooks & Dunn fans.  Brooks happily reports that he sees many familiar faces at his concerts.

“She Knew I Was A Cowboy” is one of only two ballads Brooks included on “New To This Town.”  The rest of the album leans toward blues and Country-Rock.  Brooks describes the collection as having a barroom feel. 

"I made an album that really is close to my heart, and it's a whole lot of fun.  For the most part, the music is kind of fun and games and thinking about getting to play again," he said. "People come to enjoy themselves, and I think this album in a lot of ways is about that.”

Brooks recently made his solo debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. 

Upcoming shows include an appearance at Dierks Bentley’s “Miles and Music For Kids” benefit in Nashville.  The annual motorcycle ride and concert raises money for children’s hospitals.  Brooks will also perform at the Veteran’s Day “Salute To Soldiers” event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Beyond Category

Saxophonist Craig Handy has an exciting new band called 2nd Line Smith, which combines the organ-jazz repertoire of Jimmy Smith with the “second line” rhythms of New Orleans parade music. Craig Handy joins "Beyond Category" host Eric Felten at Washington’s Bohemian Caverns jazz club to talk about the music and perform with the band.

Blogs