Kix Brooks

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Kix Brooks
Brooks in March 2018
Brooks in March 2018
Background information
Birth nameLeon Eric Brooks III
Born (1955-05-12) May 12, 1955 (age 66)
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, radio personality, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, piano
Years active1983–present
LabelsCapitol, Arista Nashville
Associated actsRonnie Dunn and Reba McEntire

Leon Eric Brooks III, better known by his stage name Kix Brooks (born May 12, 1955), is an American country music artist, actor, and film producer best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn and host of radio's American Country Countdown. Prior to the duo's foundation, he was a singer and songwriter, charting twice on Hot Country Songs and releasing an album for Capitol Records. Brooks and Ronnie Dunn comprised Brooks & Dunn for twenty years, then both members began solo careers. Brooks's solo career after Brooks & Dunn includes the album New to This Town.

In 2019, Brooks & Dunn were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brooks grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has a sister, a half-sister, and a half-brother; his father also adopted a son of his third wife. After graduating from the former Sewanee Military Academy, an Episcopal school in Sewanee, Tennessee, Brooks attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston as a theatre arts major. He moved to Alaska to work with his father on an oil pipeline for one summer, then returned to Louisiana Tech to finish his education. After graduating, he moved to Maine to write advertising for a company owned by his sister and brother-in-law.

Musical career[edit]

Brooks in April 2010

Brooks' father urged him to pursue his desire to become a musician, and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1980s. His then-girlfriend (now wife Barbara, with whom he has a son and daughter) followed shortly thereafter. He worked for Tree Publishing as a staff songwriter. He recorded his first solo single, Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down, for Avion in 1983, but returned to songwriting after it failed to chart. Brooks and Dan Tyler co-wrote "Modern Day Romance", released by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in June 1985; it became the band's second No. 1 hit on the country chart.

Brooks released an album, Kix Brooks, in 1989 on Capitol Records. This album also featured the song "Sacred Ground" which became a No. 2 country hit for McBride & the Ride in 1992.

He was one half of country music duo Brooks & Dunn. Their 1991 debut album, Brand New Man, generated four number-one hit singles on the country charts. Brooks usually provided backing vocals on their songs and singles. The singles featuring Brooks on lead vocals include, "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone", rising to No. 1, "Lost and Found", "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)", "Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing", "South of Santa Fe", and "Why Would I Say Goodbye".

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

Brooks resumed his solo career in 2012, releasing a new 12-track album on September 11, 2012. New to This Town features nine songs co-written by Brooks, including the album's first single, the title track.[2] He followed his second album with the soundtrack to the western film Ambush at Dark Canyon in 2014. Brooks composed the majority of the musical score as well as starring in the film.[3]

On December 3, 2014, Brooks & Dunn re-united, and along with Reba McEntire, performed a series of concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada, throughout the summer and fall of 2015.

Brooks performed at the 2019 Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum Concert and Induction Ceremony.


In 2005, Brooks, along with timber industrialist Roy O. Martin Jr., and the Louisiana State University sports legends Paul Dietzel, and Sue Gunter were among those named a "Louisiana Legend" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.[4]

Other achievements[edit]

Brooks (right) performing with Bob DiPiero for U.S. troops in Afghanistan on behalf of the USO in December 2010

Since January 2006, Brooks has hosted American Country Countdown, a syndicated radio countdown show based on Mediabase (originally was BILLBOARD, from 2006 to August 2009), country charts. Brooks succeeded the show's former host, Bob Kingsley. Brooks is also co-owner of Arrington Vineyards, a Nashville winery with winemaker Kip Summers and businessmen John Russell.[5]

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

In 2015, Brooks contracted with Cooking Channel to host Steak Out with Kix Brooks, in which he travels around America in search of the best steakhouses.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
US Country
Kix Brooks
New to This Town 10 53
Ambush at Dark Canyon (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
US Country Airplay
1983 "Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down" 73 N/A
1988 "I'm on to You" Kix Brooks
1989 "Sacred Ground" 87
"She Does the Walk on By"
2012 "New to This Town" (featuring Joe Walsh) 31 New to This Town
"Bring It On Home" 39 44
"Moonshine Road" 42 45
2013 "Complete 360" 49
"There's the Sun" 48
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country US Country Airplay
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various 74 N/A
2016 "Damn Drunk" Ronnie Dunn 42 36 Tattooed Heart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "New to This Town" Team Two Entertainment
"Bring It On Home" Dustin Rikert
"Moonshine Road" Aaron Thomas



Year Film Role Notes
1994 8 Seconds Himself Brooks and Dunn
2013 A Country Christmas Duke the horse Executive Producer/Music Producer
2013 Dug Up Producer Only Executive Producer
2014 Ambush at Dark Canyon Duke Donovan Executive Producer
2014 Born Wild Wade Locklin Executive Producer
2016 Timber the Treasure Dog Timber (voice)
2016 A Horse Story Champion (voice)
2016 You're Gonna Miss Me Elmer Montana Executive Producer
2018 Home by Spring Arthur Television film (Hallmark)
2020 A Nashville Christmas Carol Spirit of Christmas Past Television film (Hallmark)


2000 King of the Hill Himself Season 4, Episode 24
2015 Steak Out with Kix Brooks Host Also co-executive producer


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Kix Brooks to Release Debut Album September 11. Taste of Country. Retrieved 2012-07-05
  3. ^ "Kix Brooks Takes Turn as Leading Man in 'Ambush At Dark Canyon'". Billboard. November 11, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Roy O. Martin, Jr. obituary". The Shreveport Times. March 24, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "1995". Clemson World. Spring 2008. p. 36.
  6. ^ "Kix Brooks Album & Song Chart History: Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "Kix Brooks Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Ambush At Dark Canyon (DVD + Soundtrack)". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Kix Brooks Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  11. ^ "Kix Brooks Album & Song Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012.