Brooks & Dunn - Cowboy
Nightingale, CSO Staff Journalist
Ever since “Brand New Man,” their first single in
1991, Brooks and Dunn have certainly kept their own
strong, distinct sound. Their 13th album, Cowboy Town,
includes some traditional Brooks and Dunn-sounding tunes
as well as others which turn out to be remarkable
“Cowboy Town,” strategically placed as the first
cut on the CD, is a great preview for what the album has
to offer. Opening with immense organ, this tune will have
you hooked before Dunn starts singing about wearing boots
to dinner and driving trucks to church.
“Proud of the House We Built,” the first single off
the album, certainly has that aforementioned well-established
Brooks and Dunn tone to it, which they strayed away from a
little on their last album. While the lyrics of this tune,
written by Dunn, are both deep and illustrative, the tempo
of the song is just what it should be in order to make it
convincing. It is a true country song in that it tells a
story about a love which started out “barely getting
by” and is still fairly ordinary, but worthy of a whole
lot of gratification. It’s a melody that aims to give
the strained relationship a little hope.
“I’m proud of the house we
built / it’s stronger
than sticks, stones and steel / it’s not a big place
sittin’ up high on some hill / a lot of things will come
and go but love never will / I’m proud of the house we
“Johnny Cash Junkie (Buck Owens Freak)” brings back
the kind of country song we all like to hear once in a
while. The lyrics describe a true country man.
“I still drive a pick-up, I still wear
boots / I grew
up country, I’m proud of my roots / Red, white and blue
are the colors I bleed / I’m a Johnny Cash Junkie, a Buck
The tough but sentimental cowgirls out there will like
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” especially if they grew up
learning to ride. Once you hear this touching song about
daddy’s little girl who is all grown up now, you won’t
Including some humor on the album, the fast lyrics in
“Tequila” are dreadfully true. This quick, witty
country song is sure to be a riot when heard live,
especially for those who have experienced a night with a
“great big buzz in a little bitty glass.” In another
amusing song, Brooks believes that everything will get
better once you “Put A Girl In It.”
Another drinking song, “Chance
Of A Lifetime,”
finds a man waking up to a note from his girlfriend saying
she’s leaving him because it was a “chance of a
lifetime” with this good looking, rich man, rather than
someone who often goes out partying.
There are a few cuts on the album that drift away from
what we are used to hearing from this duo. Brooks uses
his talent to sing lead vocals on a couple songs including
“Drop In the Bucket” and “The Ballad of Jerry Jeff
Walker,” which actually features Mr. Walker as well.
Slowing it down again with “Drunk
On Love,” this
guy can’t drive home after only half a beer because he
feels drunk from the kiss he just got from a girl.
Showing their country heritage in “American
Dreamers,” this song is another great example of Brooks
and Dunn’s patriotism. They have a long line of American
favorites including “Only In America;” whether or not
this one makes it as a single, it deserves to be heard by
“God Must Be Busy” is the last cut on the album.
It’s a slow tune, reminding us all to be thankful for
what we have. It encourages us to be patient because it
will get better; we’re all going through tough times.
Brooks and Dunn have many accomplishments to be proud
of from their seventeen years (and counting) as a duo. Among
their awards include Vocal Group of the Year at the CMAs
fifteen times in the last sixteen years. Their list of number
is sure to continue even after their first single from
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