New to This Town

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886919687125
  • Catalog Number: 196871
  • Sales rank: 52,489

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New To This Town (4:20)
  2. 2 Moonshine Road (4:21)
  3. 3 Bring It On Home (3:44)
  4. 4 There's The Sun (3:05)
  5. 5 Complete 360 (3:16)
  6. 6 My Baby (2:55)
  7. 7 Tattoo (3:25)
  8. 8 In The Right Place (3:47)
  9. 9 Next To That Woman (3:21)
  10. 10 Let's Do This Thing (2:57)
  11. 11 Closin' Time At Home (3:37)
  12. 12 She Knew I Was A Cowboy (3:22)
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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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