COUNTING DOWN THE STARS WITH KIX BROOKS

COUNTING DOWN THE STARS WITH KIX BROOKS
American Country Countdown hosted by Kix Brooks with special guest Randy Houser at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X in the Music City Center on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Laci Kent/CMA

American Country Countdown hosted by Kix Brooks with special guest Randy Houser at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X in the Music City Center on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Laci Kent/CMA

“American Country Countdown” host Kix Brooks walked onto Fan Fair X’s CMA Close Up Stage on Saturday morning, laughing at the fact that he’d had no introduction and making sure to let the crowd know that Randy Houser would be his first guest on this live broadcast from CMA Music Festival.

The two were obvious old friends, retelling tales of the Western movie Ambush At Dark Canyon that they both had a hand in writing for the soundtrack and as well as acting. Houser’s role was a little less glamorous as he recalled getting beat up in order to achieve his role as the “bad guy.” Simultaneously, Houser had to watch Brooks in his leading roll kiss girls while Houser suffered.

Surprisingly, Houser decided to be in a movie again and spent five days in the desert filming his soon-to-be-released music video for “Like A Cowboy,” which he describes as more of a short film as it lasts about seven and a half minutes. He then played “Anything Goes” and “Like A Cowboy” for the now overflowing audience at the CMA Close Up Stage.

The crowd roared for the next guest, Canadian Terri Clark, who is familiar with the radio personality game, as she co-hosts “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks. Brooks seemed delighted to quiz her on the worst thing she said on air. But when she indulged him by flatly stating “whore,” Brooks looked shocked. She playfully confronted him, confused about why he begged her to say it only to look horrified. They continued to banter about Clark being the only host that has insurance so that she can’t be sued for things she says on air. She went on to play “Girls Lie Too” and her next single, “Some Songs.”

The special guest appearances didn’t stop there as Brooks brought out Natalie Stovall and The Drive. The feisty, curly-haired blonde was thrilled to share their music with the audience as she frequently mentioned their upcoming album, which includes songs they played on stage “Baby Come On With It” and “Mason Jar.” The unique group had a dynamic like no other as Stovall doubled as lead singer and fiddle player and signed off with “peace, love and fiddle” as she left the stage.

Brooks closed out the hour with stories of how Brooks & Dunn got together and ended up writing “Red Dirt Road” getting drunk at Brooks’ home and then horribly singing their own songs at a karaoke bar. They then decided to get back to writing what meant the most to them, which ultimately led them to great success.