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Brooks & Dunn

American Country Music Stars “Brooks & Dunn”


If you are a fan of country music you may be familiar with the duo by the name Brooks & Dunn. USA countrymusic-stars Brooks & Dunn is an American duo that going with country music as their music genre. The two members of the duo are Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, as you can see the duo name indeed comes from their last name. Before the two form a duo they are both a solo recording artist.


The duo were formed and signed to Arista Nashville in 1991. With both of the member being vocalist and songwriter they combine their own style with each other and make a nice music. Under Arista Nashville label they recorded ten studio albums along with three compilation albums as well as one Christmas album. Beside those albums the duo also released some singles in total of fifty.


Brooks & Dunns music career can be considered as a bright one. “Brand New Man”, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn first single went to number one in the Hot Country Songs chart in June 1991 this is indeed a very good start for them. Two month after their first single album was released they release their debut album which goes with the title “Brand New Man”, the same title as their first single. Beside their “Brand New Man” single, another twenty singles of them that was released later also got the first place in Hot Country Song.


Even, according to Billboard Year-End charts their two number-one songs become the top country songs for the period of 1996-2001 respectively. These two songs are ”My Maria” and “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You”. That was not all of their achievement, every year between 1992 and 2006 Brooks & Dunn always won the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the year award. During that period of time they are unbeatable except for the year 2000.


Brooks & Dunns material is known for having many influences on them. This is including mainstream country, rock, honky-tonk and of course their own influence, the contrast between Brook’s and Dunn’s singing voice and personalities while performing. However there are also critics to some of their music being formulaic.


There have been several artists that Brooks & Dunns has collaborated with, such as Sheryl Crow, Reba McEntire, Billy Gibbons, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mac Powell, Vince Gill and some other artists.


Sadly, Brooks and Dunn announced their retirement in August 10, 2009. They said that they are going to split up after their tour which they titled “The Last Rodeo”. It may lead to some people making their own conclusion on why they decided to split up such as bad term or else. However, according to Brooks, the decision was decided on good terms. In addition he said that Dunn and he are still good friends.


It was even more strengthened by Dunn said “We have ended up more like brothers”. Their final compilation was then released on September of the same year which features 28 of their past hit and other two new songs. While Brooks & Dunns last concert was held in September 2, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena located in Nashville.