Kix Brooks Seeks Courage to Pen Personal Tunes

Inspired, but respectful of soldier’s stories.

Take one prolific Nashville songwriter and add in the inspiration of working with an organization like Operation Finally Home, which provides houses to severely injured military personnel, and you think a compelling song would result.

But for Kix Brooks, who recently presented Staff Sgt. Luke Van Dorston and his family with a home near Nashville, it isn’t that easy.

“I love songs like Lee Brice’s ‘I Drive Your Truck,’ but it’s almost so close to the bone for me. Those songs are really hard to write,” Kix tells Country Weekly. “I haven’t written about my dad dying and I haven’t written about these soldiers. Those songs are hard for me to write. Not saying I won’t, it’s just not something I take lightly.”

Why the trepidation? He adds, “I guess it’s probably the artistic fear of not giving it the attention that it deserves or not writing a song that’s good enough for as important as the story is. That takes a certain kind of courage and maybe I haven’t drawn that up yet.”

Speaking of courage, read more about Kix’s involvement with Operation Finally Home and the most recent brave soldier to receive a home for his family in the May 26 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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