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Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Kix Brooks, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 14 November 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Kix Brooks who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Gene Watson with Kix Brooks following a recorded interview for 'The Back Forty' in Nashville in January 2012 (photo courtesy of Sarah Brosmer, Lytle Management, Nashville)



Kix Brooks
This quote was submitted on Thursday 14 November 2013.



'The first time I heard 'Fourteen Carat Mind' I just shook my head and said, 'Well, I'll never be that good!'

Gene Watson is the kind of country singer that most of us realize has that thing that only God can give you.

After meeting him, I was impressed that someone with that kind of talent was also blessed with a natural humility, and love of his music, that makes you like him even more - a true class act and an American country music icon'.

Thank you, Kix Brooks, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Kix Brooks...

Kix Brooks was born Leon Eric 'Kix' Brooks III on Thursday 12 May 1955; he is a country music artist, actor and film producer who is best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn. Prior to the duo's foundation, Kix Brooks was a singer and songwriter, charting twice on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and releasing an album for Capitol Records.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn comprised Brooks & Dunn for ywenty years, with both members beginning solo careers. Kix Brooks' solo career after Brooks & Dunn included the album 'New To This Town' (Records, 2012).

Kix Brooks grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has one sister, one half-sister, one half-brother and his father adopted one son of his third wife. Kix attended Riverside Elementary for grades K-5.

Following graduation from the former Sewanee Military Academy, an Episcopalian institution in Sewanee, Tennessee Kix Brooks attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he was a theatre arts major. He moved to Alaska to work for his father on an oil pipeline for one summer and then returned to Louisiana Tech to finish his education. Kix then moved to Maine and wrote advertising for a company owned by his sister and brother-in-law.

Kix Brooks' father urged him to pursue his desire to become a musician and, as a result, Kix Brooks moved to Nashville in the early 1980s. Kix Brooks' then girlfriend (now wife Barbara, with whom he has a son and daughter) followed shortly thereafter.

Kix Brooks began working for Tree Publishing as a staff songwriter and recorded his first solo single, 'Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down', for Avion Records in 1983, but he returned to songwriting after its failure.


John Conlee recorded Kix Brooks' 'I'm Only In It For The Love' (co-written with Deborah Allen and Rafe VanHoy) and included the track on 'In My Eyes' (MCA Records, 1983); the track was No.1 hit on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1983.

'I'm Only In It For The Love' was the first song that Rafe VanHoy and his wife Deborah Allen had written with Kix Brooks; the track turned out to be Kix's first No.1 as a writer and was also the first song that Rafe VanHoy and Deborah Allen had written on their new synthesizer.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Kix Brooks' 'Modern Day Romance' (co-written with Dan Tyler) in June 1985 and included the track on 'Partners, Brothers And Friends' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985). The track became The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's second No.1 hit on the Billboard country music singles chart; the track was No.1 for one week in September 1985.

Holly Dunn (Thursday 22 August 1957 - Tuesday 15 November 2016) recorded Kix Brooks' 'Why Wyoming' (co-written with Chris Waters and Tom Shapiro) and included the track on 'Cornerstone' (MTM Records, 1987).

In 1989, Kix Brooks saw the release of his self-titled debut album, 'Kix Brooks' (Capitol Records, 1989), which was produced by Rafe VanHoy and Kix Brooks, and included 'Sacred Ground' (written by Kix Brooks and Vernon Rust), which reached No.87 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989, along with a new version of 'Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down', which was originally released as a single in 1983.

Kix Brooks' self-titled debut album, 'Kix Brooks' (Capitol Records, 1989), also included the following tracks:

'Highways And Heartaches' (written by Kix Brooks and Chris Waters)
'Way Up North Around Shreveport' (written by Kix Brooks and Don Cook)
'There's A Telephone Ringing' (written by Kix Brooks, Alan Laney and Kyle Young)
'She Does The Walk On By' (written by Kix Brooks and Gary Nicholson)
'The River' (written by Kix Brooks and Russell Smith)
'The Story Of My Life' (written by Kix Brooks and Roger Murrah)
'A Little Magic On My Mind' (written by Kix Brooks and Lewis Anderson)
'I'm On To You' (written by Kix Brooks, Chris Waters and Tom Shapiro)
'The Last Rodeo' (written by Kix Brooks and Wally Wilson)

Personnel involved in the recording of Kix Brooks' self-titled debut album, 'Kix Brooks' (Capitol Records, 1989), included the following:

Kix Brooks (lead and background vocals)
Pat Jacobs (drums)
Danny Milliner (bass guitar, background vocals)
Brent Rowan (guitar)
Hassell Teekell (piano, keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ)

On Tuesday 2 November 1993, Kix Brooks' self-titled debut album, 'Kix Brooks' (Capitol Records, 1989), was re-issued on CD, by Liberty/Capitol Records.

Kix Brooks was one half of country music duo Brooks & Dunn. Kix Brooks usually provided backing vocals on their songs and singles. The singles featuring Kix Brooks on lead vocals included 'You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone', which went to No.1, 'Lost And Found' and 'Rock My World (Little Country Girl)'.

Ronnie Dunn was born Ronnie Gene Dunn on Monday 1 June 1953 in Coleman, Texas and before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma he briefly studied theology at Abilene, Texas Christian College. While there, he fronted the house band at a popular nightspot called Duke's Country and later broke into the national spotlight by winning a talent contest that was sponsored by Marlboro.

In 1990, Arista Records' Tim DuBois put the two members together and they became known as Brooks & Dunn.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Brand New Man' (Arista Records, 1991) was released on Tuesday 13 August 1991. Its first four singles, 'Brand New Man' (No.1, 1991), 'My Next Broken Heart' (No.1, 1991), 'Neon Moon' (No.1, 1992) and 'Boot Scootin' Boogie' (No.1, 1992) all reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart. The album's final single, 'Lost And Found', however, reached No.6 in 1992, their first single to miss the top spot and the first to feature Kix Brooks on lead vocals.

'Brand New Man' (Arista Records, 1991) was certified six-times Multi-Platinum by the RIAA and peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.


Brooks & Dunn's 'Hard Working Man' (Arista Records, 1992) was released on Tuesday 23 February 1993 and included five charting Billboard country music singles, similar to their previous album:

'Hard Workin' Man' (No.4, 1993)
'We'll Burn That Bridge' (No.2, 1993)
'She Used To Be Mine' (No.1, 1993)
'Rock My World (Little Country Girl)' (No.2, 1993)
'That Ain't No Way To Go' (No.1, 1994)
'Hard Working Man' (Arista Records, 1992) peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified five-times Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Waitin' On Sundown' (Arista Records, 1994) was released on Tuesday 27 September 1994 and five singles released from the album were significant hit singles:

'She's Not The Cheatin' Kind' (No.1, 1994)
'I'll Never Forgive My Heart' (No.6, 1994)
'Little Miss Honky Tonk' (No.1, 1995)
'You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone' (No.1, 1995)
'Whiskey Under The Bridge' (No.5, 1995)

'Waitin' On Sundown' (Arista Records, 1994) reached No.1 on the Billboard country music album chart (their first to do so) and was certified three-times Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Borderline' (Arista Records, 1996) was released on Tuesday 16 April 1996 and five singles released from the album were major hit singles:

'My Maria' (No.1, 1996) / this track was the most played song of the year in 1996, according to Billboard magazine
'I Am That Man' (No.2, 1996)
'Mama Don't Get Dressed Up For Nothing' (No.13, 1996)
'A Man This Lonely' (No.1, 1996)
'Why Would I Say Goodbye' (No.8, 1997)
'Borderline' (Arista Records, 1996) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified twice Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

Wade Hayes recorded Kix Brooks' 'Our Time Is Coming' (co-written with Ronnie Dunn) and included the track on 'On A Good Night' (Columbia Records, 1996).

Brooks & Dunn's 'The Greatest Hits Collection' (Arista Records, 1997) was their first greatest hits compilation and was released on Tuesday 16 September 1997; the compilation featured all their singles except for 'I'll Never Forgive My Heart', 'I Am That Man', 'A Man This Lonely' and 'Why Would I Say Goodbye', which were not included on this greatest hits collection, although two of them would be included on their second greatest hits collection.

Three new singles were included and two of them were released as singles; 'Honky Tonk Truth' (No.3, 1997) and 'He's Got You' (No.2, 1997).
Brooks & Dunn's 'The Greatest Hits Collection' (Arista Records, 1997) peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified four-times Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn collaborated with Reba McEntire to perform the single 'If You See Him/If You See Her'.
The track was the lead-off single from both Brooks & Dunn's 'If You See Her' (Arista Records, 1998) and Reba McEntire's 'If You See Him' (MCA Records, 1998); both albums were released on Tuesday 2 June 1998. Their duet reached No.1 in 1998.

Brooks & Dunn's 'If You See Her' (Arista Records, 1998) also included 'How Long Gone' (No.1, 1998) and 'Husbands And Wives' (No.1, 1998), which both reached the coveted top position No.1. 'Husbands And Wives' was originally recorded by Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992), whose version peaked at No.5 in 1966 and was originally included on 'Words And Music' (Smash Records, 1966).

The next single, 'I Can't Get Over You' peaked at No.5 in 1999 and the album's final single 'South Of Santa Fe' peaked at No.41, also in 1999, thus becoming their first single to miss the Billboard country Top 40 and the last to feature Kix Brooks on lead vocals, although the song's music video was quite popular.

Brooks & Dunn's 'If You See Her' (Arista Records, 1998) peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified twice Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Tightrope' (Arista Records, 1999) was released on Tuesday 21 September 1999. 'Missing You', the album's lead-off single, reached No.15 in 1999 and was a cover of John Waite's international pop hit from 1984.
John Waite's album, 'No Brakes' (EMI America, 1984), resulted in international attention and was a Top 10 Billboard album in the United States of America, due to the hit single 'Missing You', which climbed to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1984.

'Missing You' was also released as a duet with Alison Krauss and John Waite and reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in the United States; John Waite appeared with Alison Krauss on the 'Tonight Show' on Monday 5 February 2007 and they performed 'Missing You' together.

'A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection' (Rounder Records, 2007) was a compilation album from Alison Krauss, which was released on Tuesday 3 April 2007; it was a collection of new and old songs that Alison Krauss had recorded.

'A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection' (Rounder Records, 2007) features duets with Sting, Brad Paisley, John Waite and James Taylor. The album debuted and peaked at No.10 on the US Billboard Top 200 pop music albums chart and at No.3 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, along with reaching No.38 on the UK albums chart.

Two singles were released from 'A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection' (Rounder Records, 2007). The first, a cover of the John Waite song, 'Missing You', reached No.34 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, while a second single, 'Simple Love', failed to chart.

Further singles released from Brooks & Dunn's 'Tightrope' (Arista Records, 1999) included 'Beer Thirty' (No.19, 1999) and 'You'll Always Be Loved By Me' (No.5, 2000); the latter track was the most successful track on the album. 'Goin' Under Getting Over You' reached No.60 from unsolicited airplay.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Tightrope' (Arista Records, 1999) reached No.6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified 'Gold' by the RIAA, thus becoming their least successful album to date and the first not to be certified Platinum.

On Tuesday 24 August 1999, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'For The Record: 43 Legendary Hits' (BNA Records, 1999), which was a two-CD, forty-three song collection of Merle Haggard's greatest hits.

Merle Haggard's 'For The Record: 43 Legendary Hits' (BNA Records, 1999) featured Merle Haggard's re-recordings of his own previously released songs.

Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn) were one of the special guests on the album and sang with Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) on the track 'Movin' On' (written by Merle Haggard).


Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) & The Strangers recorded the original version of 'Movin' On' and included the track on 'Keep Movin' On' (Capitol Records, 1975); the track was No.1 on the Billbooard country music singles chart for one week in July 1975.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Steers And Stripes' (Arista Records, 2001) was released on Tuesday 17 April 2001. Its lead-off single, 'Ain't Nothing 'Bout You' reached No.1 in 2001 and is their most successful single, spending six weeks at No.1 and was the most played single of the year in 2001 according to Billboard magazine.

The next single, 'Only In America' reached No.1 in 2001, as did 'The Long Goodbye'. Next was 'My Heart Is Lost To You', which reached No.5 in 2002 and, finally, 'Every River', which peaked at No.12, also in 2002.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Steers And Stripes' (Arista Records, 2001) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'It Won't Be Christmas Without You' (Arista Records, 2002) was released on Tuesday 8 October 2002; the songs which charted included 'Hangin' 'Round The Mistletoe' (No.47, 2002), 'It Won't Be Christmas Without You' (No.41, 2002), 'Rockin' Little Christmas' (No.57, 2002) and 'Winter Wonderland' (No.57, 2002).

Brooks & Dunn's 'It Won't Be Christmas Without You' (Arista Records, 2002) reached No.12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was not certified by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Red Dirt Road' (Arista Records, 2005) was released on Tuesday 15 July 2003. Its lead-off single, 'Red Dirt Road' reached No.1 in 2003, 'You Can't Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl' reached No.3 (also in 2003), while 'That's What She Gets For Loving Me' reached No.6 in 2004.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Red Dirt Road' (Arista Records, 2005) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Hillbilly Deluxe' (Arista Records, 2005) was released on Tuesday 30 August 2005. Its lead-off single, 'Play Something Country' reached No.1 in 2005 and was their last No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.

'Believe' reached No.8 (also in 2005), 'Building Bridges' featuring Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill reached No.4 in 2006 and the title track reached No.16 (also in 2006), thus becoming the first single to miss the Billboard country music Top 10 since 2002's 'Every River', which peaked at No.12.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Hillbilly Deluxe' (Arista Records, 2005) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Cowboy Town' (Arista Records, 2007) was their final album and was released on Tuesday 2 October 2007. Its lead-off single, 'Proud Of The House We Built' reached No.4 in 2007, 'God Must Be Busy' reached No.11 (also in 2007), 'Put A Girl In It' reached No.3 in 2008 and 'Cowgirls Don't Cry' reached No.2 in 2008 and was also No.1 in Canada.

An alternate version of the song featuring Reba McEntire was sent to radio while the single was climbing and she started to be credited on the charts, thus making this their second duet together after 'If You See Him / If You See Her' in 1998.

Reba McEntire is also featured in the music video for 'Cowgirls Don't Cry', which premiered in late 2008.

Brooks & Dunn's 'Cowboy Town' (Arista Records, 2007) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was not certified by the RIAA.

At the time of the acquisition of a Gene Watson Peer's Quote from Ronnie Dunn, in August 2009, Brooks & Dunn's 'Indian Summer' single was being promoted at American country music radio. The track was later featured on the duo's greatest hits album, 'No.1s' (), which was released on Saturday 8 September 2009 and featured twenty-eight past hit songs and two new recordings on a two-disc CD.

Both Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are vocalists, songwriters and guitarists; Kix Brooks plays mandolin as well. Ronnie Dunn's vocal performances have tended to be released as radio singles; only one of their No.1 singles, 'You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone', has featured Kix Brooks on lead vocals and he has not sung lead on any of the duo's singles since 'South Of Santa Fe' in 1999.

On Monday 10 August 2009, Brooks & Dunn announced to their fans, through their official website, that they intended to disband after twenty years of touring. According to the short statement released on their website, Brooks & Dunn intended to release a greatest hits album, tour throughout the rest of 2009, and have a farewell tour in 2010.

Kix Brooks resumed his solo career in 2012 and saw the release of a new twelve-track album on Tuesday 11 September 2012, 'New To This Town' (Arista Nashville Records, 2012), which was produced by Kix Brooks and Jay DeMarcus.

Kix Brooks' 'New To This Town' (Arista Nashville Records, 2012) featured nine songs co-written by Kix Brooks, including the title track, which was written by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride and featured guest vocals from Joe Walsh.

Kix Brooks' 'New To This Town' (Arista Nashville Records, 2012) included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'New To This Town' (written by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride) (a duet with Joe Walsh) (No.31, 2012)
'Bring It On Home' (written by Kix Brooks, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson) (No.39, 2012)
'Moonshine Road' (written by Kix Brooks and Leslie Satcher) (No.42, 2012)

In 2013, a further two tracks were released from Kix Brooks' 'New To This Town' (Arista Nashville Records, 2012), but both 'Complete 360' (written by Kix Brooks and Rafe VanHoy) and 'There's The Sun' (written by Trent Summar and Brandon Kinney) failed to chart.

Kix Brooks' 'New To This Town' (Arista Nashville Records, 2012) also included the following tracks:

'My Baby' (written by Brian White and Bruce Wallace)
'Tattoo' (written by Curly Putman, Kix Brooks and Rafe VanHoy)
'In The Right Place' (written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip)
'Next To That Woman' (written by Kix Brooks and Rivers Rutherford)
'Let's Do This Thing' (written by Kix Brooks and Leslie Satcher)
'Closin' Time At Home' (written by Bob DiPiero, Kix Brooks and David Lee Murphy)
'She Knew I Was A Cowboy' (written by Kix Brooks, Tony Lane aand David Lee Murphy)

On Saturday 13 July 2013, during his performance at Paragon Casino in Marksville, Louisana, Kix Brooks was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.

Since January 2006, Kix Brooks has hosted 'American Country Countdown', a syndicated radio countdown show based on Mediabase (originally was Billboard between 2006 and August 2009), country music charts; Kix Brooks succeeded the show's former host, Bob Kingsley.

Kix Brooks is also co-owner of Arrington Vineyards with winemaker Kip Summers and businessmen John Russell. Arrington Vineyard is a winery located outside of Nashville.

Arrington Vineyards opened its doors on Sunday 1 July 2007. Since then, Arrington Vineyards have been providing a 'wine country experience' of award-winning wines set among the picturesque rolling hills of middle Tennessee.

Owned by country music artist Kix Brooks, winemaker Kip Summers, and entrepreneur John Russell, Arrington Vineyards has truly become 'Nashville’s Wine Country'.

The vineyards were originally established in 2003, when Kip and a fellow wine enthusiast and their families purchased a 25-acre hog farm and began clearing the property and planting grapevines. In 2004, Kix Brooks purchased the farm adjacent to the original vineyards, which included the farmhouse that eventually became the winery tasting room.

Together, they began creating a first class winery with the working name of Firefly Vineyards. This name was later changed to reflect the local community of Arrington, Tennessee.

In 2013, Kix Brooks launched the film company Team Two Entertainment along with Eric Brooks; the company makes independent films which Kix produces and occasionally appears as an actor in.


Connect with Kix Brooks at kixbrooks.com

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