Biography of Brooks & Dunn

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The undisputed kings of the '90s' line-dancing craze, Brooks & Dunn are not only the biggest-selling duo in country music history, they've also sold more records than any other duo period, save for Simon & Garfunkel. Ronnie Dunn was the quietly intense singer with the soulful voice, while Kix Brooks played the part of the high-energy showman. Neither had been able to break through as a solo act, but together they hit upon a winning formula of rambunctious, rocked-up honky tonk with punchy, danceable beats, and alternated those cuts with smooth, pop-tinged ballads. The combination made them one of the most popular country artists of the '90s, and they were still going strong as the new millennium dawned.Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks (born in Shreveport, LA) and Ronnie Gene Dunn (born in Coleman, TX) arrived in Nashville from very different backgrounds. Brooks was a neighbor of Johnny Horton and first began singing with the country legend's daughter at age 12; after a time working on the Alaskan oil pipeline, he moved to Maine and performed in ski resorts and other local venues. He went to Nashville in the early '80s and found success as a songwriter, penning hits for John Conlee, Highway 101, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others; however, his solo recordings -- a few small-label singles in 1983 and a self-titled album in 1989 -- failed to make any impact. Dunn, meanwhile, had been playing with traditional string bands since he was a teenager, but originally aspired to become a Baptist minister. He attended the highly conservative Abilene Christian University, but was kicked out for continuing to play music on the side in area bars. He decided to pursue music full-time and moved to Tulsa, where he led a house band and recorded for a local label from 1983-1984. In 1988, he won a songwriting contest whose prize included a recording session in Nashville; the producer, Scott Hendricks, was impressed enough to pass some of Dunn's material on to Arista executive Tim DuBois. DuBois had a hunch that Dunn and Brooks would complement each other well, and he introduced the two and encouraged them to try writing and recording some demo songs together. When he heard the results, DuBois signed the newly minted Brooks & Dunn duo to a contract.Brooks & Dunn issued their debut album, Brand New Man, in 1991, and it was an out-of-the-box smash. The title track, "My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon," and "Boot Scootin' Boogie" all hit number one on the country charts, and the latter song in particular was an inescapable smash that helped kick-start the line-dancing fad that swept country bars across the nation. Brand New Man eventually went on to sell over five million copies, and made the duo into country superstars; their supporting tour established their penchant for theatrical live shows as well. Their follow-up, Hard Workin' Man, consolidated their success with a string of five Top Five country hits: the title track, the number ones "She Used to Be Mine" and "That Ain't No Way to Go," and the number twos "We'll Burn That Bridge" and "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)." Hard Workin' Man sold over four million copies, and by the time its run of singles was exhausted, the duo had already completed a follow-up in 1994's Waitin' on Sundown. Five more Top Ten hits followed, including the number ones "She's Not the Cheatin' Kind," "Little Miss Honky Tonk," and "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" (the others were "I'll Never Forgive My Heart" and "Whiskey Under the Bridge"). Waitin' on Sundown went double platinum, confirming Brooks & Dunn's status as a blockbuster success.Brooks & Dunn's commercial dominance continued apace with 1996's Borderline, another double-platinum success which produced two more chart-toppers in "My Maria" (a cover of the B.W. Stevenson pop hit from 1972) and "A Man This Lonely," and a number two hit in "I Am That Man." In 1997, the duo issued The Greatest Hits Compilation, whose new tracks, "Honky Tonk Truth" and "He's Got You," both reached the Top Five. And they weren't done as hitmakers by any means; despite failing to go platinum, 1998's If You See Her contained two number ones in "Husbands and Wives" (a Roger Miller cover) and "How Long Gone," and another Top Fiver in "I Can't Get Over You." With such a consistent track record, Brooks & Dunn were perhaps due for the inevitable slip, and 1999's Tight Rope was the closest thing to a commercial misstep they'd ever recorded. Despite some chance-taking in the production and the cover of rocker John Waite's ballad "Missing You," other parts of the album found their formula wearing thin. The record produced only one Top Ten hit in "You'll Always Be Loved by Me," and failed to even go gold. Faced with a downturn in their sales, Brooks & Dunn spent more time crafting their next album, 2001's Steers and Stripes. It helped restore their commercial fortunes with a trio of chart-topping singles: "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," "Only in America," and "The Long Goodbye." The following year, the duo issued their first holiday album, It Won't Be Christmas Without You.

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gmoney11 18.05.2009. 20:38

List of country singers male and female? I really need help with a school project it is a biography and i need to pick someone but i don't know who to choose so please give me a list of ONLY country singers please and thanks.!!

gmoney11

Admin 18.05.2009. 20:38

Lee ann Rimes
Kenny Chesney
Reba Mcentire
Brooks and Dunn
Faith Hill
Tim Mcgraw
Trisha yearwood
Rascle Flatts
Dolly Parton
Trace Atkins
Carrie Underwood
Brad Paisley
Julie Roberts
george Strait
Lorreta Lynn
Jason Aldean
Martina McBride
Keith Urban
Naomi Judd
Kenny Rogers
Sara Evans
Johnny Cash
Patty Loveless
Lance Christopher ( i Know him) He is a family friend
Shania Twain
Tammy Wynette
Willie Nelson
Wynonna



Thats all I can think of. ill edit if I think of more.

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bambi 22.04.2010. 22:45

I am in need of book suggestions, can anyone help? (descriptions of what i like inside)? Some my favorites include: Invisibly Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk, Girl Interupted, Running with Scissors, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and The Little Prince.

Things I like: not taking life seriously, drugs, sex, strange characters, interesting quotes...
I am open to poetry and plays as well but no Shakespeare types. I like modern poetry.
And if anyone knows a good autobiography/biography on courtney love!

bambi

Admin 22.04.2010. 22:45

House of Leaves (this book is crazy weird you will love it)
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/House-of-Leaves/Mark-Z-Danielewski/e/9780375703768/?itm=1&USRI=house+of+leaves

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Darkly-Dreaming-Dexter/Jeff-Lindsay/e/9780307473707/?itm=1&USRI=dexter

The show really doesn't do it justice.

World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/World-War-Z/Max-Brooks/e/9780307346612/?itm=1&USRI=world+war+z

Geek Love
http://www.amazon.com/Geek-Love-Novel-Katherine-Dunn/dp/0375713344/ref=pd_sim_b_38

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Jenn 24.07.2012. 22:09

Good songs to barrel race to? I'm filling out paperwork for rodeo finals and they have you fill out a biography. One question asks what your favorite rodeo song is. I think they are going to play it while I do my events. Any good song ideas?

Jenn

Admin 24.07.2012. 22:09

I always race to

Gunpowder & Lead- Miranda Lambert
Fastest Girl In Town- Miranda Lambert
Cowgirl's Don't Cry -Brooks & Dunn
Shes Country -Jason Aldean

My personal favorite

Country Girl Shake It For Me- Luke Bryan :D

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