New to This Town

New to This Town

by Kix Brooks
     
 

Though Kix Brooks' tunes on most Brooks & Dunn albums were overshadowed by his partner's, he's no less a songwriter. It was his sense of humor, his everyman singing voice, and his cowboy swagger and strut that gave the band much of its appeal. New to This Town is Brooks' first solo album since 1989. He wrote nine of the 12 cutsSee more details below

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Though Kix Brooks' tunes on most Brooks & Dunn albums were overshadowed by his partner's, he's no less a songwriter. It was his sense of humor, his everyman singing voice, and his cowboy swagger and strut that gave the band much of its appeal. New to This Town is Brooks' first solo album since 1989. He wrote nine of the 12 cuts here, including the title track and single that features Joe Walsh on lead guitar. What's most interesting about the cut is that sounds like it was written with the guitar slinger in mind: Melodically, texturally, and even production-wise, it feels close to the songs that appeared on Walsh's Barnstorm-era albums from the early '70s. Since Brooks wrote and produced the track, this had to be intentional. On "There's the Sun," he shows that he understands how much the blues are part of country music -- despite the modern funky drums. "Bring It On Home" is one of those down-home, midtempo love songs that Brooks & Dunn wielded so expertly, but the soulful vocal here is a genuine -- and welcome -- surprise. "Tattoo" and "Moonshine" are standard contemporary country fare, but easy on the ears because the production is a bit warmer than what we normally hear on the radio in the early 21st century. The way Brooks delivers Rhett Atkins' "In the Right Place" accents the soulful quality in his voice again -- and convincingly -- and adds dimension to his musical persona: "Hope you don't mind if I put a little Otis Redding on" feels absolutely right in his delivery. The set's final four cuts were all co-authored by Brooks. "Next to That Woman" and "Let's Do This Thing" are trademark, rabble-rousing arena rockers, while "Closin' Time at Home" and "She Knew I Was a Cowboy" both showcase his vocal skill with ballads and softer hooks. Brooks doesn't miss any tricks here, but thankfully he left the Auto-Tune off his solo album. On New to This Town, he's focused on what he does best as a writer while stretching himself as a singer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0886919687125
catalogNumber:
196871
Rank:
14794

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kix Brooks   Primary Artist
Joe Walsh   Slide Guitar
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
John Jarvis   Piano
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gary Morse   Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Scott Williamson   Drums
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Dobro,Fiddle,Harmonica,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Dan Needham   Drums
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Howard Duck   Piano,Wurlitzer
Mark Hill   Bass
Tania Smith   Organ
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Eli Beaird   Bass
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Kix Brooks   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Terry McBride   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Trent Summar   Composer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Mary Beth Felts   grooming
Jay DeMarcus   Producer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Jason Gantt   Engineer,Digital Editing
David Lee   Composer
Sean Neff   Engineer
Jim De Blanc   Engineer
Marv Green   Composer
Brandon Kinney   Composer
Bruce Wallace   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Brian White   Composer

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