With all of their hits, stage presence and long run of awards, at first glance fans might think Brooks & Dunn grew up together writing songs and playing honky tonks throughout their junior high days. Not quite.
In a way, the Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn did grow up together and they did play a lot of honky tonks together, but their meeting was more of the kind of fate that is engineered and less organic. Brooks tells the story the best.
Fans who weren’t at that New Orleans bar first met the country music duo in June of 1991 with their debut single, “Brand New Man.”
The song, written by Brooks, Dunn and Don Cook, talks about how they are “born to love again, I’m a brand new man.” With an upbeat tempo, strong acoustic guitars and the added steel guitar melodies, “Brand New Man” is signature Brooks & Dunn.
The tune was the first single and title track off their debut album, which won ACM Album of the Year at 28th Annual ACM Awards.
When they announced their retirement in 2009, the duo had amassed 17 CMA Awards, 26 ACM Awards and 2 GRAMMY Awards. They were responsible for 10 studio albums and 50 singles, including 20 No. 1 hits.
And all of that started with one songwriting session.
The duo is currently playing select dates in Las Vegas with their longtime friend Reba McEntire.