Kix Brooks will release his first Arista Nashville solo single, “New To This Town” (featuring Joe Walsh of The Eagles), to radio on March 19. After spending twenty years as one half of Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in country music history, Kix is heading in his own direction.
“It’s a freedom of sorts,” he says about Brooks & Dunn coming to an end. “It’s not a bitter freedom by any means, just sort of a ‘Well that was fun, now what?’ Sort of like being at a theme park and looking around after riding the same roller coaster you finally say, ‘Okay I think I’ll try that one over there!’”
Kix’s ‘new ride’ begins with “New To This Town,” co-written by Kix and longtime friends Marv Green (a writer on Brooks & Dunn’s “Proud Of The House We Built”) and Terry McBride (a writer on the Brooks & Dunn hits “If You See Him/If You See Her” and “Play Something Country”).
“It paints the powerful emotion we’ve all known,” says Kix, “of lost love and the uncomfortable situation of running in to that person again.” The Eagles’ Joe Walsh is a special guest on the song. Kix says that “after a couple phone calls, and the sending of a music file across the internet, the man himself put his stamp on ‘New To This Town’ like only Joe Walsh could!”
Brooks & Dunn is the most successful duo in country music having sold more than 30 million albums, released 23 No. 1 singles, and winning 80 major industry awards, including becoming the most awarded act in ACM history.