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ArkLaTex Best: Kix Brooks

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Kix Brooks grew up in Shreveport and used to entertain his family on Christmas mornings.

In an interview KTBS 3's Rick Rowe did with Kix's mom back in 1993, before Kix's career began to skyrocket, his mom said that "Kix always had a guitar and he always sang."

But, as Kix's sister remembers, this rocket ship was not an overnight launch.

"We were out one night and he said it's hard, I don't know if I want to stick with this. I have been trying for a long time. Maybe I should get out of it" Kix's sister said.

Instead, Kix moved to Nashville and made a good living writing music. Kix says that for about 10 years, he made a living as a song writer before he met Ronnie Dunn.

Kix was 36 and Ronnie was 38 years-old when they started their career together. Most careers are washed up by then but theirs started out by just having lunch. Two days later, they wrote "Brand New Man" and then the next day they wrote "Broken Heart". Those were the duo's first two number one records.

The numbers were astounding, 30 million albums were sold and the pair was named the country duo of the year 13 times. They wrote too many number one hits to mention.

"We never really celebrated, we were always afraid if this was it. We made it, it would be snatched away from us. It was always what are we doing now, what's the next song and we have to write something" says Kix.

When Kix's grandma turned 100 a few weeks ago, Kix Brooks wasn't too big for his britches to come home and says thanks to a city that birthed a legend and a career that young boys can hardly dream.

"It wasn't until we had a chance to take a break that we said ‘wow, what just happened' and that was 20 years ago. It's a cliché but it does go by in the blink of an eye but it" says Kix.

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