Monday, February 20, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Brooks & Dunn

Artist:Brooks & Dunn
Song:Boot Scootin' Boogie
Album:Playlist: The Very Best Of Brooks & Dunn

Not only are Brooks & Dunn the best selling country music duo of all time but they are the best selling duo of all time. That's right. They're bigger than Simon & Garfunkel. They had a total of 20 number one country hits including Boot Scootin' Boogie in 1992. The most interesting thing about Brooks & Dunn is they didn't even know each other before they were paired by Arista Records exec Tim Dubois. Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks III is from Shreveport, LA. He moved to Nashville in 1979 and had some success as a songwriter. He released a solo album on Capitol Records in 1989. Ronnie Dunn is from Texas. He won a Nashville recording session in a Marlboro sponsored talent contest in 1989. The producer of that recording session, Scott Hendricks, recommended Dunn to Dubois and he thought they would do well as a duo. The rest is history. Their 1991 debut album Brand New Man zoomed to the top of the Country Album chart. And the first three singles all reached number one on the Country Singles chart. Though Brooks & Dunn didn't cross over to pop radio, the albums sold very well to the mainstream audience. Boot Scootin' Boogie was the third single from Brand New Man. Dunn wrote it as a tribute to the honky tonks in Texas. The surprising thing is the song revived the line dance craze of the early 80s. Brooks & Dunn had tremendous success through the 90s and into the new millennium. When their 2007 album Cowboy Town didn't do as well as previous albums, they decided to split up and they did so officially on Aug. 10, 2009 and did a farewell tour in 2010. You can get a lot of their hits on this budget CD. Ronnie Dunn has already had solo success with his 2011 CD Ronnie Dunn and the single Bleed Red. Kix Brooks is the host of the radio show American Country Countdown and his first solo single New To This Town will be released on Mar. 19. Both are still with Arista. Here's the video for Boot Scootin' Boogie by Brooks & Dunn.

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