New kid Kix Brooks readies debut single
Friday, February 17, 2012
– Kix Brooks will release his first Arista Nashville solo single, New To This Town
to radio on March 19. After spending 20 years as one half of Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in country music history, Brooks is heading in his own direction.
"It's a freedom of sorts," said Brooks about Brooks & Dunn coming to an end. "It's not a bitter freedom by any means, just sort of a 'well that was fun, now what?' Sort of like being at a theme park and looking around after riding the same roller coaster you finally say, 'Ok I think I'll try that one over there.'"
The single features Joe Walsh and was co-written by Brooks and friends Marv Green (Brooks & Dunn's Proud Of The House We Built) and Terry McBride (Brooks & Dunn hits If You See Him/If You See Her and Play Something Country).
"After a couple phone calls, and the sending of a music file across the internet, the man himself put his stamp on New To This Town like only Joe Walsh could."
"It paints the powerful emotion we've all known, of lost love and the uncomfortable situation of running in to that person again," Brooks said.
Dunn released his first solo CD since the break-up last year.
New to This Town
With no disrespect to Kix Brooks, but back when he was half of the super successful Brooks & Dunn, this diminutive one sometimes seemed to be Andrew Ridgeley to George Michaels; he was Oates to Hall. Hopefully, though, the wonderful new "New to This Town" will put that stereotype to rest. Brooks was also the humorous, gregarious side of Brooks & Dunn, which starkly contrasted Ronnie's many times uptight, shy stage presence.
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