WATCH: Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean & Darius Rucker Team Up For All-Star ‘Brand New Man’ Collab on ‘Nashville’s Big Bash’

What a way to ring in the new year — Brooks & Dunn enlisted a few fellow country stars to…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 1, 2022


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Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

What a way to ring in the new year — Brooks & Dunn enlisted a few fellow country stars to sing one of their most iconic songs during New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash on Friday (Dec. 31). 

Joined by Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker, the award-winning country duo, comprised of Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks, performed their chart-topping debut single, “Brand New Man,” live from Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar. 

Brooks & Dunn, Aldean and Rucker traded verses throughout the popular tune as they performed it for the live audience in Downtown Nashville.

Watch the epic collaboration below.

Co-written by Kix Brooks, Don Cook and Ronnie Dunn, “Brand New Man” was the duo’s debut single and quickly became their first No. 1 single on the country charts. 

Brooks & Dunn re-recorded the popular tune with fellow country superstar Luke Combs for their Reboot album in 2019. 

The inaugural New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash also featured performances from Fisk Jubilee Singers, Lady A, Ingrid Andress, BRELAND, King Calaway, Riley Green, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and more.

Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS
Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

Sam Hunt, Elle King and Zac Brown Band were also set to perform during the concert event, however they will no longer be participating.

The five-hour celebration also included once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, performances of chart-topping hits and covers of some of the most iconic songs in country music.

Co-hosted by Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith, the star-studded New Year’s Eve special aired live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, December 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT), on CBS Television Network. 

The show was also available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.