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Single Review: Kix Brooks – ‘New To This Town’

After the breakup of hitmaking duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn’s solo career was greeted with considerable interest. It is fair to say that there was less anticipation for partner Kix Brooks’ solo endeavours. Kix Brooks was definitely the member of Brooks & Dunn held in less regard even by fans of the duo. He rarely sang lead on one of the duo’s singles, but he sang his share of album tracks, and often provided the more interesting moments.

Conversationally drawling his way through the song, Kix presents a man stuck in the same small town his ex lives and wistfully wondering what it would be like not to be surrounded by memories, or the fear of running into her around every corner. The picture painted is full enough to be convincing.

Production is reasonably contemporary without completely overwhelming the song’s essential sadness in a complete wall of sound, and although there is an extended guitar solo (courtesy of the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, who gets a special credit), it doesn’t take over the song. The melody is simple, allowing the lyrics center stage.

Kix wrote the song with frequent collaborator Terry McBride and Marv Green. It sounds very like a good B&D album cut, which makes its substantially more interesting than most radio playlists. It would probably be a more memorable record sung by a better singer, but Kix’s vocals, while limited, work on this song. He imbues it with a resigned regret which is very efefctive.

Grade: B+

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4 responses to “Single Review: Kix Brooks – ‘New To This Town’

  1. Kathy May 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Kix’s vocals are not limited, his sound is different than his former counter part, but he is still fantastic in his own right. The song is strong and substantially more interesting than a lot of other one’s that are out there today. Looking forward to more and to see whatelse he has to offer.

  2. luckyoldsun May 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    If this song goes top-10, Ronnie Dunn will climb to the roof of the Ryman. If it goes #1, he’ll jump!

  3. Ben Foster May 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I like this one pretty well. It has a fairly fresh lyrical concept, and is definitely one of the better single hitting radio right now.


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