Brooks, LBT, Mattea, Hood out with new music
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
– The other half of Brooks & Dunn - Kix Brooks - is out with his first solo disc in almost 20 years today. "New To This Town" contains a dozen songs, 9 co-written by Brooks. He produced with the title track and single co-produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.
Little Big Town may be poised for big things with the quartet's new disc, "Tornado." Pontoon has raced up the charts as the lead single from the album, which has 11 songs.
Patterson Hood, who doubles as the driving force behind The Drive-By Truckers, is out with a solo disc."Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance" contains a dozen songs and tends to run a bit softer than the Truckers.
Kathy Mattea is with Sugar Hill for "Calling Me Home" after a long career on Mercury and then releasing a disc on her own, the very fine "Coal" in 2008. The West Virginian co-produced the dozen songs with Gary Paczosa.
The Time Jumpers, a Nashville-based group, consisting of Vince Gill, Dawn and Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug among others are out with a debut on Rounder. The group released a live disc several years ago, which was nominated for a Grammy.
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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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