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Brooks & Dunn "Reboot"

Friday, February 8, 2019 – Brooks & Dunn will be out with a collaboration project,"Reboot" on April 5 (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville).

Brooks & Dunn hit the studio for the first time together since 2007 joined by producer Dann Huff to remake 12 Brooks & Dunn hits.

Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and Kacey Musgraves are on the all-new arrangements of face-to-face collaborations with Brooks & Dunn.

The secret recording sessions ranged from edgy-rock intensity to EDM to retro honky-tonk to an acoustic ballad.

The disc includes "Brand New Man" with Luke Combs and "Believe" with Kane Brown.

"This whole experience has been humbling to say the least. What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up," said Ronnie Dunn. "That's the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it's honestly just that - you hope the music stands up over time. This is the first opportunity we've had to run it up a new flagpole...and it really flies."

"They're making their own music," Kix Brooks said of the guests. "But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way."

A chance meeting between Combs's manager and the duo's long-time manager sparked the project, when he had explained what the duo meant for his own music.

"Brooks & Dunn's music absolutely had a tremendous impact on me," said Combs. "To me, they invented that foot stomping, driving sound. And it's so cool that this has turned into such an awesome album, with artists that actually grew up listening to Brooks & Dunn. Their music was so influential to us that having the chance to come in and bounce ideas off the guys and sing with them in the studio was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

"I've never really sung in the studio with someone else, especially not with someone whose voice is as good as Ronnie's," said Brown. "For him to be looking at me on the other side of the glass, and both of us singing, it was just awesome. It felt like we just got comfortable around each other, so we were really able to kill it."

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Reboot CD review - Reboot
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#1s ... and then some CD review - #1s ... and then some
Brooks & Dunn are the most popular duo in country history racking up lots of hits and awards, but they amicably called it a career with plans to go their separate ways after a farewell 2010 tour. This two-CD set contains 30 songs, but aside from 2 new songs, there's not much reason to buy this set. The quality certainly is there as 20 of the songs reached the top of the chart. The new songs - both were released as singles - were Honky Tonk Stomp, featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Indian Summer. »»»
Cowboy Town CD review - Cowboy Town
If your idea of a cowboy is Cowboy Troy and the guys from Big & Rich, then sure, this new Brooks & Dunn album is named appropriately. For it's the city-bred hat crowd that the majority of these songs are aimed at or at least the women that married them. Their last couple of albums saw them gain some critical acclaim with songs like the stirring "Believe," but there's nothing that immediately memorable here. Instead, we get the fuzzy current events theology of, "God Must Be »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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