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Brooks & Dunn Biography

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Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn

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Kix Brooks Facts:

Full Name: Leon Eric Brooks
Birthdate: May 12, 1955
Birth place: Shreveport, LA
Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Ronnie Dunn Facts:

Full Name: Ronnie Gene Dunn
Birthdate: June 1, 1953
Birth place: Coleman, TX
Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Brooks & Dunn Songwriting:

Brooks & Dunn have both contributed songs to their albums starting from their debut album, Brand New Man. Together, they wrote "Brand New Man," "My Next Broken Heart," "That Ain't No Way To Go" and "Red Dirt Road." Kix Brooks co-wrote "Only in America" and "Lost and Found," while Ronnie Dun co-wrote "Believe," "A Man This Lonely," "Honky Tonk Truth" and "Neon Moon."

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Brooks & Dunn Biography:

Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks III was born on May 12, 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He worked the club circuit in Alaska and Maine before moving to Nashville in 1979. Ronnie Gene Dunn was born on June 1, 1953 in Coleman, Texas. He studied theology in college before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he fronted a house band at a local nightclub called Duke's County.


Both Brooks and Dunn had originally entertained solo careers, but when things didn't work out Tim DuBois suggested they try writing together and become a duo. The pair turned in "Brand New Man," which became the first single, and No. 1 song, as well as being the title track for their debut album in 1991. Four more singles were released from the album, all Top 10 songs, including three that topped the charts ("My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie").


The pair had vastly different personalities, with Brooks being energetic, and all over the stage, and Dunn more introspective, but blessed with a powerful voice. Together, it worked.

Brooks & Dunn saw continued success with each additional release, with Hard Workin' Man in 1993, Waitin' on Sundown in 1994 and Borderline in 1996. It was in 1996 that the duo also picked up the CMA Entertainer of the Year.

If You See Him / If You See Her

After releasing their first Greatest Hits Collection in 1997, Brooks & Dunn collaborated with Reba McEntire in 1998, on a duet called "If You See Him/If You See Her." That same year, they toured together with McEntire. They released If You See Her, while Reba released If You See Him that same year.

Every career has some ups and downs, and after the 1999 release of Tightrope, Brooks & Dunn experienced a downturn in their career, where the singles from this album were lackluster, the highest charting one reaching only as high as No. 15. Things turned around in 2001, as they released Steers & Stripes. With five singles released, including the hugely popular "Ain't Nothin' 'Bout You," which spent six weeks at No. 1, and "Only In America" which really struck a chord with people after the 9-11 tragedy, also topped the charts.

In 2002, the duo released a holiday album entitled It Won't Be Christmas Without You, followed the next year by Red Dirt Road.

Greatest Hits Collection II was released in 2004. In the fall of 2004, Brooks & Dunn were announced as the hosts of the annual CMA Awards show.

In 2005, the guys released Hillbilly Deluxe, which contained the popular song "Believe." Written by Ronnie Dunn with Craig Wiseman, the song earned them both ACM and CMA Song of the Year awards, and Brooks & Dunn also received the CMA Single of the Year for the song.

Cowboy Town was released in 2007. The third single "Cowgirls Don't Cry" was the choice to perform on the 2008 CMA Awards, where they invited Reba McEntire to sing with them. The combination was so popular that a new version of the song with Reba singing with the duo was released, and rose up the charts, peaking at No. 2.

In 2009, Brooks & Dunn released Indian Summer, the first single from their next studio release, due out later in 2009. The song debuted at No. 48, and is moving up the charts.

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