Birth Name: Leon Eric Brooks, III Born: 1955/05/12 Birth Place: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA Years Active: 1983-present Genres: Country
Kix Brooks (born Leon Eric Brooks III, May 12, 1955) is an American country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn. Brooks grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he was a theatre arts major. His father urged him to pursue his desire to become a musician, and Kix moved to Nashville in the early 1980s.
He began working 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 its failure. He also released an album, “Kix Brooks,” in 1989 on Capitol Records. That album featured the song, “Sacred Gr... Continue Bio >>
Kix Brooks Interesting, my dear friend and cowriter Don Cook posted the sentiment i have been putting off - i'm not sure how to express how i feel - Guy, probably more than anyone, led me to Nashville - there's all kinds of songs, and all kinds of artist, and certainly many kinds of songwriters, but he was the one that made me want to do it - his songs had an honesty and a grit - a heart and a soul - and many times, a meaning and a purpose that made you want to hear them over and over again - somehow down inside, just listening to them, you felt a little of Guys cool had rubbed off on ya - when i was in school in the early 70's i caught the bug, and loved so many progressive country and country rock artist - i was getting the fever bad, and starting learning to tune my guitar - and then Jerry Jeff started catching fire - and i knew he'd written Mr Bojangles and i just assumed he'd written all those other great songs, but like all fans, i dug deeper and realized it was Guy Clark that was the "voice" behind the Voice - and to his credit, if you ask Jerry Jeff today he'll tell you the same thing - i don't know exactly what makes those songs so special, but there are so many great lines in each of them that make me shake my head and go, damn i love that! So Sweet , So tough, So real, damn - i hate he's gone - i went to see him a couple of weeks ago before i took off for Vegas to sing with Ronnie and Reba - i pulled up in the parking lot, sort of lost - i knew he was near the end and i didn't know what i would find inside - but i'd made up my mind i needed to cowboy up and go see him - as fate would have it Steve Earl pulled up at the same time, and i felt so much better - I was blessed to have known Guy and he didn't have a bigger fan, but he and Steve were very close - Steve actually played bass in his band at one point, but their friendship was far deeper than that - so it made the visit so much more fun - Guy was in bad shape, but good spirits - we talked about things that mattered - we talked about God and getting high, and good guitars - and Guy certainly knew more than a little about the guitar stuff and seemed at peace with the God talk - Steve probably said it best - I believe in God and i don't know what God is, but i know it's not me - i liked that and Guy gave it a nod too - i never wrote a song with Guy, but i have no regrets about that - i'd hate to think, even for a day that i might have been the one to get in the way of his genius - i do have a hand written copy of LA Freeway however - and a memory of the smile he gave me when i said goodbye at the hospital - when i went to shake his hand he held it for a long while and i knew inside it would be the last - i told him i would come see him when i got back - didn't work out - I feel so honored to have known him - he was a hoss - his last words to me - "BREAK A HEART" - I'll do my best pard - time to sharpen up the pencil - Rest In Peace -
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