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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn both brought considerable songwriting chops to the table when they joined forces in 1988, and both had a sharp eye for a good song, and together they had a vision for country music that was as much Southern rock as it was honky tonk. Their stage shows were high-octane, theatrical affairs, and when all was said and done, Brooks & Dunn ended up being the best-selling duo of all time, country or pop, with an astonishing string of Top Ten hits, including "Neon Moon," "Husbands and Wives," "Red Dirt Road," "My Next Broken Heart," and so many more. This two-disc, 30-song set brings the duo's key and signature tracks including, of course, the ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn both brought considerable songwriting chops to the table when they joined forces in 1988, and both had a sharp eye for a good song, and together they had a vision for country music that was as much Southern rock as it was honky tonk. Their stage shows were high-octane, theatrical affairs, and when all was said and done, Brooks & Dunn ended up being the best-selling duo of all time, country or pop, with an astonishing string of Top Ten hits, including "Neon Moon," "Husbands and Wives," "Red Dirt Road," "My Next Broken Heart," and so many more. This two-disc, 30-song set brings the duo's key and signature tracks including, of course, the ubiquitous "Boot Scootin' Boogie" together, and everything absolutely essential is here, as well as two new tracks, "Honky Tonk Stomp" and "Indian Summer," that fit seamlessly beside all those hits. Brooks & Dunn brought a lot of kick and fun to contemporary country radio, and they did it with focus and integrity. When they decided to call it quits and parted ways in 2010, Brooks & Dunn handled it amicably and on their own terms. This set is not only a great introduction to this innovative duo, it also shows how sharp the pair's vision was for what contemporary country should sound like. Oh, and they sold a gazillion records doing it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919679922
  • Catalog Number: 196799
  • Sales rank: 11,903

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brooks & Dunn Primary Artist
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Billy Gibbons Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Terry McBride Background Vocals
Gary Morse Steel Guitar
Larry Paxton Bass
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Tim Lauer Keyboards
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Shawn Fichter Drums
Glen Worff Bass
Technical Credits
B.W. Stevenson Composer
Paul Brady Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Bill LaBounty Composer
Kix Brooks Composer, Producer
Jeff Balding Engineer, Remixing
Ronnie Bowman Composer
Tony Brown Producer
Shawn Camp Composer
Don Cook Composer, Producer
Bob DiPiero Composer
Tim DuBois Producer
Ronnie Dunn Composer, Producer
Joe Hardy Engineer, Mastering
Scott Hendricks Producer
Jennifer Kimball Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Terry McBride Composer, Producer
Daniel Moore Composer
Monty Powell Composer
Ronnie Rogers Composer
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Mark Wright Producer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Steve O'Brien Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Ronan Keating Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Brad Crisler Composer
Kimberly Levitan Cover Design
Scott McDaniel Art Direction, Imaging
Jason Gantt Engineer
Chip Matthews Engineer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Debbie Dover grooming
Michele Schweitzer Publicity
Hank Williams Mastering
Judy Forde-Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
Rick Shipp Booking
Kix Brown Producer
Tracy Fleaner Art Direction
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