Kix Brooks, formerly one half of Brooks and Dunn, is trying his hand at a new gig: acting. According to an interview with the Associated Press, Brooks, who is already a radio host with his own show, ‘American Country Countdown,’ and a professional vintner, just filmed a bit part in the upcoming 'Thriftstore Cowboy,' which he described as a "modern age urban cowboy sort of scenario," and will play a lead role in 'The Last Ride.'

The singer/winemaker/actor admits his hesitation at accepting a lead role with such limited experience in front of the camera, but his affinity for the story pushed him to do it. 'The Last Ride,' which is slated to begin shooting in Arizona in May, is set in the 1940s and tells the story of a lawman who ends up being duped into a bank robbery that turns fatal and ultimately sends him to jail. "It's really fun," Brooks says. "You kidding? Every kid wants to play cowboy."

Following in the footsteps of his former partner Ronnie Dunn, Brooks has been working on new material that will be release via a Sony imprint. "I'm probably halfway done with it," Brooks reveals. "The label seems real excited about it, so I'm writing a lot of songs. I want it to be as good as I want it to be and I'm not in a hurry and I'm not saying when it's going to come out because when it's done and I'm proud of it, it will come out."

Whatever the case, we'll be seeing and hearing a lot more from Kix Brooks as he branches out creatively.