Twenty years ago, country super-duo Brooks & Dunn landed their first number one album with Steers & Stripes.
Steers & Stripes is Brooks & Dunn’s seventh studio album. Not only did the album reach number one on the charts, but it also produced five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The first three singles, “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” “Only In America,” and “The Long Goodbye,” all reached number one on the charts. “Ain’t Nothing ’bout You” became Brooks & Dunn’s biggest hit. The song spent six weeks at the top of the country charts. It also reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, Billboard declared the song as the number one country song for the entire year in 2001. The last two singles were “My Heart Is Lost to You” which charted at number five, and “Every River” which peaked in the number 12 spot on the charts.
What’s The Story Behind Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You’?
“Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” is about a man singing of all the things he appreciates about the woman he loves. During the song, Dunn sings, ‘The way you look, the way you laugh, the way you love with all you have.
There ain’t nothing ’bout you that don’t do something for me. The way you kiss, the way you cry, the way you move when you walk by. There ain’t nothing ’bout you that don’t do something for me.”
The song was co-written for Brooks & Dunn by songwriters Tom Shapiro and Rivers Rutherford. The two also collaborated for Montgomery Gentry’s 2004 hit song, “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.” They wrote “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” during a writing session after Shapiro came up with the idea while taking a shower. During an interview in 2014, Shapiro talked about how the song came to be.
“Sometimes I do mental exercises. This was a way of saying, ‘How do you say, ‘I love everything about you?’ ‘ That’s all it was. I was actually in the shower (sings), and it came out. And I just filed it away,” said Shapiro. “I walk into the write, Rivers is there and plays this little melody that he had. And I just loved the melody. I said, ‘I have this idea I thought of this morning.’ He was surprised. ‘You thought of it this morning?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I come up with an idea once in a while.'”
Brooks & Dunn recorded a new version of the song for their 2019 Reboot album. For the album, the duo re-recorded their biggest hits along with country stars of the day. For their new version of “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” they featured Brett Young. The song transformed from a medium-tempo tune into a sultry slow jam.