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Having stumbled in 1999 with the lackluster Tight Rope, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn picked themselves up and dusted off their Wranglers with 2001's Steers and Stripes, an album that some listeners considered their best. But that was before Red Dirt Road, a collection of coming-of-age songs in which country's most successful duo comes clean about who they are and what forged their turbo-tonk sound. The title song is a spectacular and poignant slice of backwoods Southern milieu that melds the push of the gospel with the pull of desire--which, for a '60s teenager, meant girls, cars, and the beer-laced taste of freedom. Both men know a little bit about those subjects (don't miss Dunn's hidden track, "Holy War," which skewers TV preachers), as well as the thrill of Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, a sound that permeates at least three songs here, including the randy "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl." Bluegrass also gets a strong nod on the exquisite "Caroline," as does the Tulsa-bred, Leon Russell-fueled music that personally schooled Dunn in the '70s, particularly on "I Used to Know This Song By Heart," a tour de force of sharp Pentecostal vocals punctuated by the searing guitar work of Kenny Greenburg. Everything about this album moves the duo up a level, even Kix's singing on "When We Were Kings," a true-life remembrance of the Vietnam years. A few songs predictably pad things out, but on the whole Red Dirt Road is both surprisingly affecting and monstrously good. --Alanna Nash

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00009V7TD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It was the country music equivalent of a sonic boom – a sound so bold, so different and so powerful it sent shock waves throughout country radio and up the charts. That sound was “Brand New Man,” the chart-topping debut single that heralded the high-octane arrival of Brooks & Dunn in 1991. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn came out with musical guns blazing and in the years ... Read more in Amazon's Brooks & Dunn Store

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This is by far their best and most personel CD.
Connie Oliver
Luckily I got it from the library before I bought it, and I didn't even keep it the full 2 weeks.
Log Cabin Pat
If you like Brooks and Dunn's previous stuff, you will appreciate this album and it's music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Roth on July 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love the song "Red Dirt Road" and anticipated this album coming out. I have all of their previous albums and have seen them multiple times in concert. The album is very upbeat. There are few ballads on this album and Kix Brooks actually does a lot more solo singing in the songs then in previous albums. There are 14 songs plus a 15th bonus track, so you are getting a lot of music for your buck.
It is good country music on all tracks...fiddle, steel guitar, (some contemporary sound with the electic guitars), but the lyrics are very country.
My personal favorites are: Red Dirt Road, I Used to Know This Song By Heart, Feels Good Don't It, and Good Day to Be Me (this is kind of a funny song).
If you like Brooks and Dunn's previous stuff, you will appreciate this album and it's music. It is not the best work they have ever done, but it is not the worst.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barry on August 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For most of the 90's, there seemed to be no stopping the country duo of Brooks And Dunn. Hit album after hit album. Hit single after hit single. They were invincible. Then, in 2000, their 6th studio album, "Tight Rope", seemed to put a halt to their golden streak. It was not received well and didn't do the business on the charts like they normally did. Then along came "Steers And Stripes" the following year, and re-energized the guys and made them the kings of the charts like they once were. It seems that the new found love of the craft and the music wasn't a fluke on that album, because the fun that they re-discovered comes thru on this solid new set of songs. While many of their fellow artists don't take a whole lot of risks and don't really branch out much, Ronnie and Kix do. The music here might seem like familiar B&D, and a lot of it is, but at least there is rich diversity among the mix, as with their last album. The stylings might jump all over the map, but that's because it's eclectic. They try to do all things and to not stick to only kind of music. Thank god for that. The opening number, "You Can't Take Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl", is a perfect number to start the CD off with. It has a classic sounding B&D sound to it, and is a great mover. It also features a cool Rolling Stones/Keith Richards type guitar intro. "Caroline" is even better. It has a great groove to it and Ronnie displays that great falsetto in the chorus. Groovy and sleek. "When We Were Kings" is a pleasant song, but nothing to make you rewind. The title track, "Red Dirt Road", which is the only song the duo wrote together, might be one of their best, down home, rootsiest songs they have put together. Nostalgic lyrics with a warm musical sound.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerrick on July 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm a die hard Brooks & Dunn fan and I've never been disappointed with any of their albums. But Red Dirt Road just stands out above the rest. This duo isn't afraid to push the boundaries of modern country and make the music they feel they should. And the difference is clear. There is not a bad track on this album. From classic B&D (My Baby's Everything I Love) to borderline gospel (I Used To Know This Song By Heart, Holy War), there's something here for everyone. These two aren't afraid to explore their rock roots and incorporate it into their music, which I for one think is fantastic. Brooks & Dunn just continue to outdo themselves time and again. These two are like a fine wine, they only get better as time goes by.---Stand out tracks include Holy War, I Used To Know This Song By Heart, When We Were Kings, Memory Town, Red Dirt Road, She Was Born To Run.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on July 15, 2003
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From the opening rocker "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" to the hidden track "Holy War," Brooks & Dunn's latest CD is something new and exciting. More rockers include "Good Cowboy", "Good Day to Be Me," and "Till My Dyin' Day."
The downhome feel of "Caroline," "Feels Good Don't It," and "My Baby's Everything I Love" add to the atmosphere of a great album. The reminiscent tone of "When We Were Kings" and the title track provide an in-depth look at these guys' hearts and souls. The emotionally charged "I Used to Know This Song By Heart" is another major highlight.
Like always, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn know how to take you into the heart of their music, using brilliant production, excellent songwriting, and rugged-yet-listenable voices. "Red Dirt Road" is for B&D fans and newcomers. That basically means it's a great country music CD from a great country music duo!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wynkoop on November 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well, by golly, this is my first country CD. Red Dirt Road is not too bad of an introduction to contemporary country music. Country western purist may flinch at the influence of rock n roll on new country but as an aging Baby boomer I like it. That influence is seen on the first cut, You Cant take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl. If I am not mistaken, the opening guitar riff is straight from the Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Woman.
Brooks and Dunn avoid the corny sentimentality that plagues much of country western music. When We Were Kings, is a nostalgic look back at youth with its wild excesses. They capture the longing for the lost days of youth without being overly sentimental. The pace slows down with the love ballad, That is What She Gets For Loving Me. They deal realistically with life as it is, accepting the little things, rather than sacrificing the present hoping for a future that may never been. This ballad could have easily been overly sentimental, but thankfully, they avoid this pitfall and made an pretty good ballad out of it.
I was disappointed that the music notes did not include the title or the lyrics for the last cut. I suppose it is titled: Holy War is Coming. As a pastor I really did not know what to make of it. They seem to characterize TV preachers as preaching Armageddon. Perhaps local preachers in the south do so, but I do not know of any TV Evangelists with a national audience that do. Perhaps, Brooks and Dunn got stuck in the 1980s on this one. Great tune, but I could not figure out all the lyrics.
Yeah, it is a good CD. If you are have not a country western fan and are thinking about taking the dive into country western, this is not a bad CD to start with.
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