Kix Brooks premiered his new film, 'Ambush at Dark Canyon,' in Nashville on Wednesday night (Jan. 29).

The film marks his long-awaited debut in the starring role. The singer-songwriter, who studied acting at Louisiana Tech University before launching his career as one-half of Brooks & Dunn, admits he knew he had a lot to prove.

"That first day on the set, I know it was like, 'Here comes the hillbilly singer wanting to be the actor,'" he joked at the premiere (quote via CMT). "And I think they realized I really worked hard and did my homework and got into shape and took this real seriously. After that, the first couple of days, I got the feeling from them that they knew that. And they made me feel like an actor and gave me the confidence to get through this whole movie."

Brooks, who released his own solo album, 'New to This Town' in 2012, also serves as the host of the award-winning 'American Country Countdown' weekly radio show, and has a few other acting projects on the horizon.

“My fans have continued to let me keep doing what I do, whether that’s as an artist, radio host or actor,” he says. “They’ve given me the chance to try new things and a reason to work harder than I ever have before. I’m really proud of all of these projects and can’t wait to see what we get into next!”

Brooks' upcoming acting roles include appearances in the film 'Thriftstore Cowboy' and the mini-series ‘To Appomattox,' which will both be released later this year.

He also served as the producer of the soundtrack to 'Ambush at Dark Canyon,' which includes a song by Randy Houser. The DVD and soundtrack are available now exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club, and will be released at other retailers on March 11.