Brooks & Dunn Revel in Grammy Nod, Work on New Album

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have won two Grammys, but Wednesday’s (Jan. 3) nomination for “You’ll Always Be Loved by Me” was a needed boost. “We’re thrilled, because after 10 years this is usually the point where you start losing your grip on your career,” Brooks told via cell phone soon after the nominations were announced. “This is a revitalization for us.” The duo is now in the studio working on an album with producer Mark Wright (Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chesnutt). Brooks said having someone different in the booth has brought a new energy to the project. “Mark is a good friend, and we’ve talked about doing a record together for years,” Brooks said. “When you do things the same way for so long, it’s nice to have some new blood on the project. It’s been fun, and it’s brought me and Ronnie closer together again.” The new album is expected in April.