NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country legend Kix Brooks has played the legendary Grand Ole Opry venue before, but he's never stood on the famous wooden circle by himself.
Brooks, formerly of the county duo Brooks and Dunn, started a new chapter in his long career on Tuesday.
Brooks and Dunn played its last concert as a duo nearly two years ago. Kix Brooks has been busy at his local winery making wine since then, but now he has come back to making music, this time on his own.
"It (playing the Opry) is just a major milestone for anyone in country music. It's really at the top of your list of things you'd like to check off if you get a chance someday," said Brooks.
That day first came decades ago for Kix as part of the country super duo Brooks and Dunn. But for the last two years he's been searching for his own sound.
"Because you're not trying to recreate something, you're trying to create something. I think that was the point of us getting off on our own for a minute, finding those creative juices again," explained Brooks.
"New To This Town", Kix's first solo album, comes out in two months and he said it's really like going back 20 years in time and starting all over again.
"Now kind of the band is all on one bus and we got the gear in a trailer behind it. I'm back to tuning my own guitars and changing my own strings and you know what, that's not a bad thing," he explained.
Earlier this year, Kix and his band played several small venues and said he really enjoyed getting back out on the road, and seeing fans. Brooks' debut solo album, "New to this Town" hits stores September 11.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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