Brooks & Dunn have been tapped to host the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nov. 15 in New York.
Brooks & Dunn have been tapped to host the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nov. 15 in New York. This will be the second consecutive year the duo of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will handle the duties for the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on CBS.
"It's great to know we didn't screw it up too bad last year," says Brooks, who is also the president of the CMA's board of directors. "Obviously we are not comedians, but if we learned anything, it is to stay out of the way and let the great music on the show take care of itself." Final nominees for the awards will be announced in early September.
Brooks & Dunn have a Sept. 6 release planned for their ninth Arista Nashville album, "Play Something Country." The title track is already No. 23 in its third week on Billboard's Hot County Songs chart.
Another song destined for the Tony Brown (George Strait, Reba McEntire)-produced set is a cover of Larry Willoughby's "Building Bridges" (co-written with Hank DeVito) that employs the talents of Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill. "Some songs just stand the test of time," Brooks says. "As a writer, I remember when Larry's record came out, the way the insiders were buzzing about it. When Tony Brown suggested it, Ronnie said it was something he was doing in the honky tonks, so it seemed like a pretty cool and organic way to tap into where we come from."
"Play Something Country" will follow-up 2003's "Red Dirt Road," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on The Billboard 200; it has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.