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Aug. 28 concert at McCoy features 
Brooks and Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd

It will be a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll, with a decidedly Southern flavor, at the Army Concert Tour stop Friday, Aug. 28 at Fort McCoy’s Constitution Park.

Photo: Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks (right) and Ronnie Gene Dunn will perform at Fort McCoy Aug. 28. (Courtesy Photo)
Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks (right) and Ronnie Gene Dunn will perform at Fort McCoy Aug. 28. (Courtesy Photo)

Country Stars Brooks and Dunn and Southern Rock ’n’ Roll Stars Lynyrd Skynyrd will be co-headliners for the show. An opening act is being pursued and will be announced when known.

Brooks and Dunn will be making their first appearance at Fort McCoy, while Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at Fort McCoy in August 2006.

Ticket prices for the event are being determined and will be released as soon as possible, according to the Fort McCoy Marketing Office.

Native Southerners Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks III, who was born in Shreveport, La., and Ronnie Gene Dunn, who was born in Coleman, Texas, first performed together in 1990 when Tim DuBois paired them for Arista Records.

The duo’s first single, "Brand New Man," blasted to No. 1 in 1991 and soon was followed by other chart toppers, "My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon" and "Boot Scootin’ Boogie."

The duo went on to score additional No. 1 hits, such as "She Used to be Mine," "That Ain’t No Way to Go," "She’s Not the Cheating Kind," "Little Miss Honky Tonk," and "You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone."

In 1998, "If You See Him/If You See Her," a duet with Reba McEntire also reached No. 1, and the country superstars toured together extensively.

The duo reunited with McEntire in 2008 to release the single "Cowgirls Don’t Cry."

The Brooks and Dunn song "Only in America," became a rallying cry after the Sept. 11 terrorist acts.

The duo also launched the hugely popular Neon Circus and Wild West Show tour (2001-2004), bringing along a variety of up-and-coming acts.

Dunn usually serves as the duo’s lead vocalist, while Brooks plays guitar and works the stage.

They write most of their own material, although a 1996 remake of "My Maria," also reached No. 1.

Brooks and Dunn were selected as the Country Music Association (CMA) entertainer of the year in 1996. They hosted the CMA awards in 2004-2006, and also won Academy of Country Music Awards for top Vocal Duet in 2006 and 2008.

Their most-recent album, "Cowboy Town," was released in 2007.

Brooks worked the club circuit in Alaska and Maine before moving to Nashville in 1979.

Dunn briefly studied theology at Abilene (Texas) Christian College before moving to Tulsa, Okla., where he fronted the house band at a popular nightspot called Duke’s Country.

Later, he broke into the national spotlight by winning a talent contest sponsored by Marlboro.

For more information about Brooks and Dunn, visit their Web site at http://www.brooks-dunn.com.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

One of the pre-eminent and definitive bands of the Southern rock ‘n’ roll genre, Lynyrd Skynyrd has a blues, hard- rock sound, with its three-guitar weaving lineup making for a Southern image that is hard to forget.

Photo: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Logo

Their regional pride and boisterous hard-rock sound are evident on the signature song, "Freebird," which, complete with its five-minute three-guitar attack solo, is easily the most requested live song in existence.

Lynyrd Skynyrd may have jammed endlessly on stage, but their music remains firmly entrenched in blues, rock, and country, featuring the song-writing skills of its leader, Ronnie VanZant.

Throughout the band’s early records, VanZant demonstrated a knack for lyrical detail and a down-to-earth honesty that had more in common with country than rock ‘n’ roll.

In addition to "Freebird," other popular and easily recognizable Skynyrd songs include "Sweet Home Alabama," "That Smell," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man," "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," "Swamp Music," "Saturday Night Special," "Call Me the Breeze," "What’s Your Name," and "Comin’ Home."

For more information about Lynyrd Skynyrd, visit their Web site at http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com.

Concert information

Jobi Spolum, Fort McCoy Marketing Office director, said a kickoff event will be scheduled to begin the ticket sales.

Up-to-date information will be available at the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web Site and the MWR Event Line.

For the latest information about the Aug. 28 concert at Fort McCoy and up-to-date information about ticket costs for the Fort McCoy concert, visit the MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com or call the MWR Event Line at 877-864-4969 or 608-388-7400 (on post).

(Information in this story is from the Brooks and Dunn and Lynyrd Skynyrd Web sites.)

 

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