Brooks cooks (outdoors anyway)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
– Kix Brooks makes his living outdoors - playing music. But Brooks also will try making a living from cooking outdoors with his first cookbook.
"Cookin' It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and The Fun of Outdoor Cooking " will be out on Aug. 30 through W Publishing Group.
Written with long-time radio producer Donna Britt, the personal book includes more than 100 outdoor cooking recipes, some with a nod to his Louisiana heritage highlighted, in family recipes alongside personal stories.
"This cookbook is all about making it easy to be outside creating memories with the people who mean the most to you," said Brooks. "Whether you are getting ready for a backyard BBQ, planning a menu for Thanksgiving Dinner or want to cook up some fish you just pulled out of a stream, we have recipes for you. Before you know it, you'll be cooking like a Cajun too.
Brooks and Dunn return with the duo's first studio album in a dozen years. Sort of. That's because they revisit a dozen of their hits (leaving a bunch behind) with contemporary country singers. "Reboot" is a cross between a tribute album and a redo, and overwhelmingly, the idea works. The general idea is that the guest artist will trade lines with Brooks or Dunn.
One could surmise that Brooks & Dunn did this kind of album to introduce these chestnuts in an attempt to expand their fan base. »»»
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.
There's little that's overly serious on »»»
#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. »»»