Boot scootin’ boogie men Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn announced that they will dissolve their nearly 20-year mega-hit-making country music partnership. Brooks & Dunn will call their award-winning American country music duo done after completing their 2010 farewell tour, titled “The Last Rodeo Tour.”
Brooks & Dunn confirmed country music community inklings of the apparent breakup, posting an August 10th bulletin on their own website.
“It’s just time,” the Brooks & Dunn post clearly states. “After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time to call it a day. This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed. We owe it all to … the fans.”
Louisiana native Kix Brooks (54) and Texan Ronnie Dunn (56), popularly known as Brooks & Dunn, have topped the country music charts consistently, since they first appeared on the honky tonk scene in 1991.
According to Nashville country music lore, Arista Nashville’s own Tim DuBois paired the two for a recording session in 1990. DuBois has also been credited with the initial discoveries of such country music superstars as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and others.
The first hit record for Brooks & Dunn was “Brand New Man” released in 1991.
Since then, the duo has sold more than 30 million albums and scored nearly 25 number-one hits. Brooks & Dunn have toured with Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Jack Ingram, The Rolling Stones, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, ZZ Top and other popular music acts.
Two Brooks & Dunn songs earned Grammy Awards for the pair: “Hard Workin’ Man” in 1993 and “My Maria” in 1996.
Brooks & Dunn monopolized the top spot as Vocal Duo of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards, winning almost every year from 1992 to 2006. (In 2000, Montgomery Gentry was named CMA Vocal Duo of the Year instead.) In 1996, the Country Music Association named Brooks & Dunn as CMA Entertainer of the Year.
American Music Awards for Favorite Country Band went to Brooks & Dunn in 1997, 2004 and 2005. Brooks & Dunn have also received Billboard Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards, among other accolades.
Popular hit singles by Brooks & Dunn have included “Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You,” “Believe,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Brand New Man,” “Cowboy Town,” “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” “Hard Workin’ Man,” “Honky Tonk Truth,” “Lost and Found,” “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up for Nothing,” “My Maria,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon,” “Only in America,” “Play Something Country,” “Red Dirt Road,” “Rock My World – Little Country Girl,” “She Used to Be Mine,” “She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind,” “That Ain’t No Way to Go,” “We’ll Burn That Bridge,” “Whiskey Under the Bridge,” “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” and more.
A compilation CD of the greatest Brooks & Dunn hits is expected in September 2009 from Arista Nashville/Sony BMG Records. In October, Country Music Television (CMT) will air an episode of the popular country music show Invitation Only, featuring interviews with Brooks & Dunn, as well as performances by the popular duo.
Although country music fans may be saddened to hear of the looming split of Brooks & Dunn, a perennial favorite, perhaps one of the duo’s hit songs may provide a bit of timely advice:
“Cowgirls don’t cry.
Ride, baby, ride.
Lessons in life are goinna’ show you in time;
Soon enough, you’re gonna know why.
It’s gonna hurt every now and then.
If you fall get back on again.
Cowgirls don’t cry.”
(Chorus from “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” by Brooks & Dunn)
CTRL-click here to view the music video for this Brooks & Dunn song online.)