Tag Archives: Kix Brooks

Kix Brooks Finds Serenity on His 600-Acre Farm

A funky little cabin. A two-story tree fort. These are the kinds of things that inspire Kix Brooks. Well, those and the 600-acre farm he has them on. He tells People Country magazine that this is where he finds peace, and that “anytime you can get some peace, I think it serves as great inspiration.” (He in fact co-wrote the Brooks & Dunn hit “Only in America” on this property.) I’m guessing the acreage also has a real home and that Brooks does not spend all his time in the aforementioned tree fort and tiny cabin. But all he says of the farm’s best feature is its remoteness, even though it’s only about an hour from Nashville. “If you get to really experience the woods, where you can’t see power lines, people or roads, you realize that there is a serenity in the world,” he says.

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Brooks & Dunn Give a Long Goodbye to Chicago

I thought I could handle the Brooks & Dunn Last Rodeo show I saw last night (Aug. 8) in Chicago. I thought I’d seen them in concert enough that I’d be a bit cavalier about the whole thing and not get swept up in the emotions that come with the realization that this is it. The last time they will saunter down that catwalk. The last time Ronnie Dunn will bring out the “Neon Moon” guitar. The end of an era. But I was so, so wrong about keeping my cool. I was a mess.

And here’s why. I expected that I’d be watching the show from a seat, where I could see their faces and watch Kix Brooks charm the audience while Dunn strolled nonchalantly. But I had a pass to watch the show from the side of the stage. So for two entire hours, I watched Brooks & Dunn from behind Brooks & Dunn. And you know what that means? I saw what they saw. Roughly 25,000 people riding an emotional rollercoaster. Euphoria when songs like “Play Something Country” and “Brand New Man” were up. Then super weepy-eyed fans when they did “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” and “How Long Gone.” Video footage showed them going from rookies to superstars, along with clips of Billboard charts as they hit the top of the list over and over again.

At the very end, they left everyone on a high note with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” I remember when I had no idea who Brooks & Dunn even were. I was watching some country awards show in the mid-1990s, hoping Garth Brooks would win it all. I saw the duo win an award and thought, “Why are Hall & Oates on a country awards show?” Now, obviously, I know full well who they are. They can go ahead and move on, but I will never forget the joy their music brought to my life.