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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kix Brooks – She Knew I Was A Cowboy

Kix Brooks. photo credit: Robert Ascroft

We here at Keepin’ it Country have an exclusive video for country fans from Kix’ Brooks upcoming solo record “New To This Town.” The former half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn will be releasing his new album to stores and digitally on September 11th, but he shares with us the story on why he recorded a cowboy song in “She Knew I Was A Cowboy.”

Check out and hear the story from Kix himself and make sure to stop by amazon where the album is currently streaming. Make sure to pick up your copy of Kix’ “New to This Town” on September 11th – it should be one of the best albums released this year. You can preview the album right now in its entirety on amazon.com/kixbrooks, so watch the exclusive cut-by-cut below and make sure to pre-order your copy today!


DVR Alert: Kix Brooks On GMA

Kix Brooks.

Country music legend Kix Brooks will be stopping by Good Morning America tomorrow morning to promote his new solo album “New To This Town.” He’ll be performing his title-track, the lead-off single from the album, along with some of his favorite songs from his solo record.

Kix’s album will hit stores on Tuesday, September 11th. It’s available for pre-order right now on kixbrooks.com.

Kix Brooks Releasing Solo Debut Album


Kix Brooks, one half of the legendary country music duo Brooks & Dunn, will finally be releasing his debut solo album on Arista Nashville. “New To This Town,” which was co-produced by Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts and Kix himself, will be available online and in stores on September 11th. See the full track listing below.

“I made an album that really is close to my heart, and it’s a whole lot of fun,” shares Kix. “For the most part, the music’s just…it’s kind of fun and games and hangin’ it out there and thinkin’ about gettin’ back in a lot of those clubs and festivals and gettin’ to play again. It’s like, you know, people come to enjoy themselves, and I think this album in a lot of ways is about that.”


Check out the full track listing for “New To This Town” below:

ACM Awards: Thompson Square Wins Vocal Duo

Thompson Square

Thompson Square received a huge surprise last night after performing at the ‘ACM Salute to the Military’ concert at the ACM Experience in Las Vegas.

After Keifer and Shawna Thompson completed their set, ACM CEO, Bob Romeo, presented them with the award for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year” …  a day early!

Thompson Square is the first duo besides Brooks and Dunn or Sugarland to win the ACM for ‘Vocal Duo’ since 1991. Since that time, Brooks & Dunn have won the ‘Vocal Duo’ award 16 times. The reigning duo winners, Sugarland, took home the trophy for 2010 and 2008. (In 1998 and 1999, the Dixie Chicks won the award when the category was combined with both duos and groups.)

While accepting the award, the duo was overcome with emotion:

Keifer : “It’s been a long, long road. This is one of the greatest nights of our lives. It’s hard to talk when you’re crying.”

Shawna: “This is a very bittersweet moment for me. More sweet than bitter. My dad passed away a month ago. This is for my dad.”

You can watch the video below of Shawna and Keifer accepting the award…

Jana Kramer Announces Album Release Date

jana kramer cover

The news is coming fast and furious for Jana Kramer.

Last night we got our first look at the artwork for her debut album.  Today we’re learning that the self-titled disc will be available on June 5th.

Kramer is currently putting the finishing touches on the album, which is being produced by Scott Hendricks, who has worked with such notable names as Blake Shelton and Brooks & Dunn.

The former One Tree Hill actress has sold almost 250,000 digital singles to date, including her debut country single “Why Ya Wanna.”   That record broke records when it first came out .  It racked up an impressive 55 radio adds upon its release which made Jana the most added debut artist in the history of Country Aircheck.  “Why Ya Wanna” currently sits at #26 in both the Billboard and Mediabase charts.

As for Jana, she’s not sitting still waiting for her release date.  She’s been playing a series of shows all across the country and has two very high-profile dates coming up  First, she’ll be taking part in the ACM Fremont Street Experience this weekend in Las Vegas.  She’s set to play the First Street Stage on Saturday night starting at 7pm local time.  Then she’ll be making her Grand Ole Opry debut on April 10th.

Ronnie Dunn Fills In For Kix Brooks

Brooks and Dunn.

While Brooks & Dunn might no longer be together as a duo, it doesn’t mean that the pair don’t lend a helping hand to each other now and then. After Kix Brooks was forced to cancel a concert after a vocal chord burst, Ronnie Dunn quickly filled in. Kix’s show with Gator Country 99.9 in Jacksonville, Florida made the announcement today about this Friday’s show. The show will be free and all VIP and backstage passes will be honored at the event, but with the other half instead! Ronnie was on vacation with his family when he heard the news, and volunteered immediately to fill in for the radio station’s listeners.

The station joins us here and Keepin’ it Country and Ronnie in wishing Kix a speedy recovery.

Percussionist Tom Roady Passes Away


Our thoughts are with the Nashville community and the friends and family of Tom Roady today. The Tennessean is reporting that he passed away Sunday night while on tour.  Tom contributed to the recordings of Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Wilson Pickett, Tom T. Hall, and James Brown.

He was tragically diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer in October, but he never let it slow him down. He was rehearsing Sunday for the tour with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites when he passed away.

Tom, a St. Louis native, was a major part of the Nashville music scene. His work appeared on some of the biggest hits in country music including: Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria,” Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down,” and Vince Gill’s “What The Cowgirls Do.”

He is survived by his wife, Melanie. The service will be held Sunday, December 4th at Highland Park Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kix Brooks & Alan Jackson To Be Inducted Into Music City Walk Of Fame

Alan Jackson.

Kix Brooks & Alan Jackson have been announced as the latest inductees into the Music City Hall of Fame. They will join fellow inductees Les Paul, Dan Miller, Manuel, Dr. Bobby Jones, and Dottie Rambo on the November 6th ceremony. They will be honored with a public ceremony at noon on November 6th at the unveiling of the sidewalk markers near the Walk of Fame Park in Nashville. The ceremony is sponsored by GAC and free to attend.

This group of inductees will round out the walk of fame to 58 stars in Music Mile.

Kix Brooks Wins CMA National Broadcast Personality Of The Year

Kix Brooks.

He might not have a current record out, but that isn’t stopping one half of Brooks & Dunn from taking home Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Kix Brooks was honored last night with the CMA Award for “National Broadcast Personality Of The Year,” surprised by his friend Tim McGraw during the taping of his radio program. Kix is the host of “American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks,” a nationally syndicated weekly radio program.

The announcement came a day after Taylor Swift and Kid Rock had called every other radio CMA winner personally to break the news to them about their awards.

Kix Brooks Loses Mustache for Film Role


Kix Brooks’ famous mustache of over 30 years has been shaved off for his new role in the upcoming film, “Thriftstore Cowboy.” He will star alongside William Shockley, Barry Corbin and Tanya Clarke.

“My kids have never seen me with out a mustache. Alan Jackson told me, ‘Never shave your freaking mustache off.’”

Filming right now in Phoenix, Arizona, Brooks’ character is a bad guy that he struggled playing the part of. In an interview with theboot.com, Brooks, a former theater major, discusses how hard it was for him to get into the character of someone completely opposite of his personality.

No release date has yet been announced for the film.