Kix Brooks has Personality
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
– Kix Brooks won his second CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. Brooks, host of "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," received a phone call from Tim McGraw during last night's taping of the weekly countdown program.
McGraw's call wrapped up a day of surprises for several radio stations and broadcast professionals across the U.S. after Taylor Swift and superstar Kid Rock also helped share the good news by personally calling radio stations.
Brooks is the first country artist in history to claim a CMA Broadcast Awards trophy. As part of Brooks & Dunn, Brooks won 19 CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year in 1996.
"Winning your first CMA Award is a special moment for anyone, and we're so happy Tim, Kid Rock, and Taylor were able to help us recognize the great work from these talented broadcaster." said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Country radio is the foundation of our industry, and it is our honor to shine the spotlight on those who are working tirelessly to share Country Music with their communities."
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#1s ... and then some
Brooks & Dunn are the most popular duo in country history racking up lots of hits and awards, but they amicably called it a career with plans to go their separate ways after a farewell 2010 tour. This two-CD set contains 30 songs, but aside from 2 new songs, there's not much reason to buy this set. The quality certainly is there as 20 of the songs reached the top of the chart.
The new songs - both were released as singles - were Honky Tonk Stomp, featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Indian Summer. »»»
If your idea of a cowboy is Cowboy Troy and the guys from Big & Rich, then sure, this new Brooks & Dunn album is named appropriately. For it's the city-bred hat crowd that the majority of these songs are aimed at or at least the women that married them. Their last couple of albums saw them gain some critical acclaim with songs like the stirring "Believe," but there's nothing that immediately memorable here. Instead, we get the fuzzy current events theology of, "God Must Be »»»
If Brooks & Dunn thought they were on the right track with the album "Red Dirt Road," then they are absolutely sure of it on the new "Hillbilly Deluxe." This is a collection of songs that topically are about living high, wide and handsome ("One More Roll of the Dice") and then accepting the downside of that lifestyle "(Whiskey Do My Talkin'"). But it is also about higher powers ("I Believe") and higher purpose ("My Heart's Not a Hotel.").
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Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rhett parties on, but leaves you wondering
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Concert Review: The Avett Brothers make the leap
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