Indian Summer (Brooks & Dunn song)

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"Indian Summer"
Single by Brooks & Dunn
from the album #1s… and Then Some
Released May 25, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Country
Length 4:22
Label Arista Nashville
Songwriter(s) Kix Brooks
Bob DiPiero
Ronnie Dunn
Producer(s) Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"Cowgirls Don't Cry"
"Indian Summer"
"Honky Tonk Stomp"
"Cowgirls Don't Cry"
"Indian Summer"
"Honky Tonk Stomp"

"Indian Summer" is a song by the American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It was written by the duo's members, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, along with Bob DiPiero. As Brooks & Dunn's 49th single, it was released in May 2009 and was the lead-off single to the duo's third greatest hits album #1s… and Then Some, released on September 8, 2009 via Arista Nashville.


The song is a mid-tempo ballad describing a couple who fall in love during an Indian summer: a star football player and a cheerleader whom he meets. They fall in love, but are separated by autumn. The girl becomes pregnant and does not want to suffer the prejudices of small-town morals (which would look down on an unmarried, single mother) and therefore decides to escape to California. The song is predominantly sung in the third person, but the final verse reveals the narrator to be the football player in the song ("I wonder where we'd be / If I'd never scored that last touchdown").

Critical reception[edit]

Jim Malec of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs-down rating. Although his review makes note of the song's "ominous tone" and the "genuine longing" in Dunn's voice, he also goes on to say that he considers the lyrics uninspired as they do not flesh out any specifics on either character involved in the storyline.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was released on July 24, 2009 on Country Music Television. It was directed by Shaun Silva. It was filmed in Chowchilla California, in the local high school, home of the Chowchilla Union High School Redskins.[2] The video was voted number 49 On GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year list.

Chart performance[edit]

"Indian Summer" debuted at number 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated for May 23, 2009.[3]

Chart (2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 16
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[5] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 74


  1. ^ Malec, Jim (May 21, 2009). "Brooks & Dunn - "Indian Summer"". The 9513. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Brooks & Dunn - "Indian Summer" music video". CMT. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chart listing for "Indian Summer"". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-05-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 115. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  6. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.

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