Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Red Dirt Road’: Story Behind the Song

by Halle Ames

The backroad anthem, “Red Dirt Road” by Brooks & Dunn might be a chart-topping hit, but do you know the story behind the classic hit?

Kix Brooks grew up in Louisiana, while Ronnie Dunn was raised in Texas. The two met and combined forces when they both moved to Nashville. When having a heart to heart about their upbringings, they discovered they shared one sacred pastime, driving on backroads.

“It was one of the few times that we really got serious about where we came from and started talking about our grandparents and all that kind of good stuff,” said Brooks.

“We just started talking about, ‘Remember how red that dirt was?'” Dunn adds. “And we said, ‘Man, we’ve gotta call our album that.’ And it was like, ‘Cool. We’ve probably gotta write a song then, too.'”

Anyone from the south or maybe just anywhere that’s not a big city can relate. Backroads saw the worst and best of us. From the time we learned how to drive and went out with our dates, to the last time we took a lap before we left for college, we loved out Red Dirt Roads.

“It’s where I drank my first beer. It’s where I found Jesus. Where I wrecked my first car, I tore it all to pieces.”

Mom and Dad weren’t happy about that one.

Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Red Dirt Road’

The song was written and recorded by Brooks & Dunn in 2003. It debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Eventually, ‘Red Dirt Road‘ reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and is the title track for the group’s eighth studio album. The album was also released in the same year and reached platinum status.

The duo also performed the song for Dale Earnhardt and other adoring friends at Daytona International Speedway in July of 2003.

[H/T The Boot]