Kix Brooks couldn’t sound more comfortable with his new life as a solo artist. After 20 years as half of Brooks and Dunn, the ‘New to This Town’ singer is set to release a new album on Sept. 11 — his first without Ronnie Dunn since 1989. Yet during an interview with Taste of Country Nights‘ host Jeremy Robinson, Brooks was relaxed — playful even — as he talked about the new tour, music and the embarrassing songs on his iPod.
Two years ago, Jerrod Niemann was floating on a cloud, having just released his debut album on July 13, 2010, a few days before performing with Brad Paisley for 100K boaters at Aquapalooza on Lake Travis in Texas. Then, he sat down and wrote a new song — the one that would go on to become the lead single from his sophomore project called ‘Free the Music,’ available Oct. 2, 2012. Yup, this country music thing seemed pretty easy for the ‘Shinin’ on Me’ singer.
Brantley Gilbert sort of chuckles when people tell him Jason Aldean stole his songs. It’s not true, and Gilbert knows he couldn’t have made them hits like his fellow Georgian did. The truth is, ‘My Kinda Party’ and ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ were too risky for a new artist. Radio wouldn’t give him a chance like they did Aldean.
America didn’t learn about the Band Perry until late 2009, but the sibling trio will be celebrating their 14th year together this October. Neil and Reid Perry started off backing up their older sister Kimberly before she let them join the band officially. Jump forward to 2012, where you’ll find that the 2011 CMA New Artist of the Year is the hottest thing in Nashville, having just notched a fourth straight Top 10 hit from their self-titled debut album.
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