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.
Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks
(right) and Ronnie Gene Dunn will perform at Fort McCoy Aug. 28.
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.
and Dunn will be making their first appearance at Fort McCoy, while
Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at Fort McCoy in August 2006.
prices for the event are being determined and will be released as soon
as possible, according to the Fort McCoy Marketing Office.
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
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’
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."
1998, "If You See Him/If You See Her," a duet with Reba
McEntire also reached No. 1, and the country superstars toured
duo reunited with McEntire in 2008 to release the single
"Cowgirls Don’t Cry."
Brooks and Dunn song "Only in America," became a rallying
cry after the Sept. 11 terrorist acts.
duo also launched the hugely popular Neon Circus and Wild West Show
tour (2001-2004), bringing along a variety of up-and-coming acts.
usually serves as the duo’s lead vocalist, while Brooks plays guitar
and works the stage.
write most of their own material, although a 1996 remake of "My
Maria," also reached No. 1.
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.
most-recent album, "Cowboy Town," was released in 2007.
worked the club circuit in Alaska and Maine before moving to Nashville
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.
he broke into the national spotlight by winning a talent contest
sponsored by Marlboro.
more information about Brooks and Dunn, visit their Web site at http://www.brooks-dunn.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
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’
more information about Lynyrd Skynyrd, visit their Web site at http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com.
Spolum, Fort McCoy Marketing Office director, said a kickoff event
will be scheduled to begin the ticket sales.
information will be available at the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (MWR) Web Site and the MWR Event Line.
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.)