Kix Brooks joke that half the records he and also singing companion Ronnie Dunn marketed as Brooks & Dunn were because someone wanting a Garth Brooks album reached right into the dorn 'Brooks' ar at the sleeve store. It might be closer come the truth that the two can be long-lost cousins, as they are steeped in the same love for country music and also a give-it-all attitude on stage.

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Garth recalls the first time that heard the name Kix Brooks. "I was signed come Capitol records in 1987 and also was quickly told that I had to pick a brand-new name. It appears that castle had an additional artist on their label called Kix Brooks, and also they didn't want anyone to it is in confused about our names.

"I spent the next six month driving v Arkansas and also Kansas do the efforts to number out what my new name would certainly be," Garth continues. "As that turned out, Kix's record attend to them didn't work out for some reason and also I acquired to save my name. Ns was happy about that, yet I'm even happier this particular day to recognize that Kix's calling would certainly be to join up through a singing partner and totally reshape and also redefine the term 'duet' because that years to come."

Kix remembers Bob Doyle, who ended up being Garth's manager, likewise being critical in his early on career. "It was Bob who uncovered me play at the Bluebird Cafe and also got me my very first publishing deal," the says. "It to be sometime later on that he dubbed me and said he had this young artist that he was functioning with named Garth Brooks. He joked the we might be cousins, and also he want to understand if that could lug him the end to the house and introduce us."

Congenial as always, Kix called Bob to come on out. "We to be in the midst of play horseshoes and cooking hotdogs. Therefore they came out to the house, which to be a very modest 1,700 square feet home. There to be this little quarry hill behind the house, and after we had actually played horseshoes because that awhile, Garth and I crawled increase there and were talking and also looking under at my spread. I remember the going, 'This is awesome. I don't assumption: v I"ll ever have a ar like this.'

"I to be like, 'Come ~ above Garth, you're writing good songs; you sing good. Hang in over there pal.'"

Kix pauses for a moment, then grins. "Damn, I'm glad ns was nice come him!!! <laughs> three years later, right here comes GarthZilla through the country Music Jungle."

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Garth was simply announced together the newest inductee into the country Music room of Fame, together with Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith and also famed conference musician Hargus 'Pig' Robbins. Kix is enjoy it his new solo career v his first single, 'New come This Town.'

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