Brooks & Dunn- The End of the Red Dirt Road
The End of an Era
Best-Selling Duo Calls it a Day
For country music fans it is hard to believe that in just 72 hours, the duo known as Brooks & Dunn will have performed their last concert. After over 30 million album sales, 12 headlining tours, countless ACM and CMA awards, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are going their separate ways.
Brooks & Dunn the duo were created by label execs and have survived longer than even the two stars could have dreamed. Both personalities, vastly different, complement each other on stage, bringing an energetic and sometimes exhausting 90 minutes of country's best music to venues large and small. Kix Brooks, a Shreveport, Louisiana native, is the energy onstage. He sings, dances with an audience member during "Boot Scootin' Boogie," and brings the life to the party. Ronnie Dunn brings the voice. Together they bring huge hits like "My Maria," "Believe," "Red Dirt Road," "Hard Working Man," and many, many others to fans year after year. From their Neon Circus & Wild West Show Tour to the more-subdued Cowboy Town tour, Brooks & Dunn have been selling out venues in the United States, Canada, and Australia for over 19 years.
Now that the ride is almost over, Ronnie Dunn will be working on a solo career with a new album due out in late-2010. It will be a different lifestyle from the 6 tour buses and convoy of big rigs to the mega-arenas he's used to, but Dunn's talents will surely keep him on the musical map. Kix Brooks won't be sitting home watching the grass grow, however. The owner of a beautiful Nashville vineyard, Arrington Vineyards, Kix will spend his time cultivating grapes and hosting the weekly country radio show, American Country Countdown. Brooks will remain active in the music field too, and will participate in a songwriting seminar in Chicago in September.
All things aside, people are going to miss Brooks & Dunn. The final concert will drop the curtain for the last time on Thursday, September 2, in Nashville. Brooks & Dunn have been a family, with the rare reputation of having many of the same roadies and crew for most of their careers, as well as a band who has stuck around for the ride, too. Country radio won't be the same without Brooks & Dunn, and as Brooks said during a recent interview, "We can't have a reunion until we break up." Fans hope the breakup is temporary, but only time will tell.