Friday, February 8, 2019
– Brooks & Dunn will be out with a collaboration project,"Reboot" on April 5 (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville).
Brooks & Dunn hit the studio for the first time together since 2007 joined by producer Dann Huff to remake 12 Brooks & Dunn hits.
Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and Kacey Musgraves are on the all-new arrangements of face-to-face collaborations with Brooks & Dunn.
The secret recording sessions ranged from edgy-rock intensity to EDM to retro honky-tonk to an acoustic ballad.
The disc includes "Brand New Man" with Luke Combs and "Believe" with Kane Brown.
"This whole experience has been humbling to say the least. What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up," said Ronnie Dunn. "That's the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it's honestly just that - you hope the music stands up over time. This is the first opportunity we've had to run it up a new flagpole...and it really flies."
"They're making their own music," Kix Brooks said of the guests. "But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way."
A chance meeting between Combs's manager and the duo's long-time manager sparked the project, when he had explained what the duo meant for his own music.
"Brooks & Dunn's music absolutely had a tremendous impact on me," said Combs. "To me, they invented that foot stomping, driving sound. And it's so cool that this has turned into such an awesome album, with artists that actually grew up listening to Brooks & Dunn. Their music was so influential to us that having the chance to come in and bounce ideas off the guys and sing with them in the studio was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
"I've never really sung in the studio with someone else, especially not with someone whose voice is as good as Ronnie's," said Brown. "For him to be looking at me on the other side of the glass, and both of us singing, it was just awesome. It felt like we just got comfortable around each other, so we were really able to kill it."