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Review: Kix Brooks’ “New To This Town”

New to Kix Brooks

If you put this CD on expecting to hear half of Brooks and Dunn, you probably won’t get what you were looking for but in a pleasantly shocking way.  Kix Brooks held strong for many years as half of Brooks and Dun and we sure do miss that duo but his extraordinary voice and song writing talent carry on. After listening to his first solo album, which could be called New to Kix Brooks, it became obvious that we are completely unfamiliar of this man. Even though, we’ve witnessed his work for so many years.

This is – of sorts – a collection of rock songs with a country kick. Not exactly southern rock but you can hear the rock and roll influence. It would be appropriate to call them more of a bluesy rock with a thick, deep southern drawl. All in which create an extraordinary combination. The kind of combination that draws you in, holds you, and won’t let go. The title track is an enjoyable romp through a southern town that he wishes he was visiting for the very first time, everything old is new again. As you are transported to this little town, the song ends and then he starts singing Moonshine Road and you are blown away. This is a new performer we have not heard before. He sings this bluesy song with his southern style and listening to it you are “riding shotgun with a bootleggers’ son”….. You can picture every image he is painting with that deep southern baritone. In Tattoo he talks rather than sings and again the imagery is so vivid you are right there with him.

There are very few ballads on this CD but Brooks is not primarily a ballad singer although he can be if he wants to be as in She Knew I was a Cowboy. He sings songs about life and love as a lot of country singers do but he goes far beyond that country standard. In Closing Time at Home, he sings very cleverly about hoping to get lucky as they leave the bar yet the bar is his kitchen at home where “there is no clean up, no bar stools to put away” This is a toe tapper you will want to sing along with. Again as in Moonshine Road, his imagery is so vivid you are transported to where he is, be it a back country road, small town, railroad tracks or his kitchen.

Brooks can be a country crooner, ballad singer if he wants to be, he has the talent but he has chosen this bluesy rock with a southern twist, country feel to it style instead and that suits him as well as us just fine .It fits so well that we can’t wait until his next CD.

Country Music Fest wrap

Country Music Fest wrap

Beautiful weather was key for the 20th annual Chicago Country Music Festival. In addition to the unseasonably warm streak, a new Millennium Park location, retooled layout and “perfect price” proved pivotal for the success of this year’s fest. Although the ever-changing character of country music, combined with the vast opinions of what “country music” has… Continue Reading

Country Music Fest – Day 2

Country Music Fest – Day 2

Day one of the Chicago Country Music Festival is now behind us. We witnessed country superstars Gretchen Wilson and Clint Black rock out on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and discovered a ton of great up-and-coming artists in the Honky Tonk and Americana Stages. Today, Jake Owen, Love & Theft, Jewel will… Continue Reading

Country fun for everyone

Country fun for everyone

FESTIVAL ALERT: The annual Chicago Country Music Festival will return to Chicago’s lakefront – this year in Millennium Park – boasting a lineup as unique and diverse as the very city it’s named after. From the ’90 country staple Clint Black and Illinois’ own “redneck woman” Gretchen Wilson to newcomers Love & Theft and crossover… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Aug. 23

Word on the Street – Aug. 23

Wait for it…Wait for it… The official Chicago Country Music Festival headliner announcement is expected very soon. How soon is “very soon” is the question. Taunting fans, yet again, festival organizers posted on the event’s official Facebook fan page wall, “Headliners will be announced very soon! Stay tuned!”, early this morning. While we don’t know… Continue Reading

For Cowboy Troy it’s all about the fans

For Cowboy Troy it’s all about the fans

CMC Exclusive: The six-feet, five inches tall, black rapping country artist takes his fans so seriously in fact, that they helped him decide what would go on his latest album, “Demolition Mission: Studio Blue Sessions,” released in Sept. 2009. The first half of the record features Cowboy Troy singing, while the second half features his… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Feb 21

With a chart topping album release, an Oprah Show exclusive and a couple of GRAMMY “wins”, Lady Antebellum’s country music career continues to soar in 2010. Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott had a remarkable 2009 but for the trio best known as Lady Antebellum, 2010 is rolling out quite nicely. Just after their… Continue Reading