After 20 years of making music together, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have called it quits.
The band became famous in early 1991, topping the country singles chart with “Brand New Man”, the title track off their debut album. Both had started as solo artists, who struggled until banding together at the request of a music producer.
“Both of us had been kicked in the head so many times,” Brooks told Billboard magazine in 2003, when asked about their expectations for the future.
Brooks and Dunn continued to soar, landing over 20 number one hits, such as “Only in America”, a 2001 hit, which both the Republican and Democrat campaigns used during the elections.
They’ve won two Grammys and dozens of awards from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.
Together, they’ve released 10 albums, five of which made it to number one.
Previously, the duo has referred to themselves as brothers, and stating the friendship didn’t “need a lot of maintenance”.
In an interview with Billboard in 2003, Dunn stated he saw no end in sight for the pair, adding;
“I have enough money, but what else am I going to do, golf? I don’t think so. There’s nothing I like better.”
Recently the group performed at numerous Republican campaign parties, though only Dunn was outspoken about his Republican politics.
So what caused the split?
Well, according to them, it was just time to go their separate ways. They posted a message on their blog stating:
“To Our Fans:
After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time call it a day. This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed…. We owe it all to you, the fans. If you hear rumors, don’t believe them, it’s just time.
We will release our #1’s and then some” on September 8th and bid you farewell one last time in 2010, with The Last Rodeo Tour…(dates to be announced).”
Although Brooks and Dunn have never been ones to rely on anything but their music to bring them to country stardom, let’s all hope this is a publicity stunt for the new record, and they remain together.
Otherwise, it will be the fans spending “most every night, beneath the light, of this neon moon.”