Brooks And Dunn Are Officially Done

Happy trails to you Brooks & Dunn. Countless blogs and country music sites are saying their fond farewells to Brooks & Dunn today in the morning-after silence of their final concert. The duo, often described as the most successful “arranged marriage” of country music took to the stage of the Ryman Auditorium last night for one last show before parting ways. Kix Brooks will embark on a cross-country radio tour, promoting the American Country Countdown, while Ronnie Dunn has yet to announce his next move. We wish both gentlemen the best of luck.

Brooks and Dunn Add Dates

Brooks and Dunn add 3 more dates to the Last Rodeo Tour! After disappointing but understandable delays to this summer’s tour schedule, Brooks and Dunn are returning to the road this Friday, July 16th, and have added 3 new dates to the line-up: August 20 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center August 21 Litte Rock, AR Verizon Arena August 28 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Tickets to the OKC and Little Rock dates go on sale this Saturday, While the New Jersey show will release tickets next Saturday the 24th.

Brooks And Dunn Reschedule Concerts

Brooks and Dunn fans disappointed after select B&D shows are postponed Brooks & Dunn were forced to postpone and reschedule dates on their The Last Rodeo Tour due to illness. At the recommendation of his doctor, Ronnie Dunn was put on vocal rest for three weeks, their web site said today. Dunn said via text message: “Following my doctor’s order, shutting up, getting well and comin’ back asap!” Tour stops on June 29 in Milwaukee and July 8 in Fort Loramie, OH will not be rescheduled. The new tour dates are: All tickets will be honored on the new dates and tickets remain available at July 16 Indianapolis, IN July 17 St. Clairsville, OH July 18 Cincinnati, OH July 23 Minot, ND July 24 Cheyenne, WY July 25 Omaha, NE July 29 Detroit July 30 Pittsburgh July 31 Philadelphia Aug. 1 Washington, DC Aug. 6 Kansas City, MO Aug. 7 St. Louis Aug. 8 Chicago Aug. 13 Mansfield, MA Aug. 14 Hartford Aug. 15 Virginia Beach, VA Aug. 22 Atlanta Aug. 26 Cleveland Aug. 27 Darien Lakes, NY Aug. 29 Bethel, NY Sept. 2 NashvilleCountry Music Photo Gallery

Brooks and Dunn Tribute Lineup

Brooks and Dunn Tribute will be recorded in Las Vegas on April 19th and will air on CBS May 23rd. Listed below are the artist set to perform: Keith Urban- Brand New Man Faith Hill- The Long Goodbye Rascal Flatts- It’s Getting Better All The Time George Strait- Boot Scootin’ Boogie Kenny Chesney- Your Going To Miss Me When I’m Gone Lady Antebellum- If You See Him, If You See Her Carrie Underwood – Neon Moon Jason Aldean – How Long Gone Jennifer Hudson – Believe (not yet been confirmed) Darius Rucker- Hard Working Man (not yet been confirmed) Sugarland- Red Dirt Road Reba McEntire – Indian Summer Tim McGraw – That Ain’t No Way To Go Brad Paisley – My Next Broken Heart Taylor Swift- Ain’t Nothing About YouCountry Music Photo Gallery

2010 ACM Award Winners – Full List

Congratulations to all the amazing winners from the 2010 ACM Awards The 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards are over and all the winners awarded. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and more gave some of their best performances to date. Meanwhile Taylor Swift, Laura Bell Bundy, and Rascal Flatts all seemed to struggle with the live audio. Top it all off with Carrie Underwood winning Entertainer of the Year! 2010 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Carrie Underwood TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Brad Paisley TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Miranda Lambert TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR Lady Antebellum TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR Brooks & Dunn TOP NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR *Luke Bryan ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)] *’Revolution’ – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville) Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)] *’Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville) Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)] *’Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott Publishers: EMI Foray Music (BMI), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP) VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] ‘*White Liar’ – Miranda Lambert Producer: Tameron Hedge Director: Chris Hicky VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] *’Hillbilly Bone’ – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville) Producer: Scott Hendricks HUMANITARIAN AWARD – Montgomery GentryCountry Music Photo Gallery

Toyota Unveils Midnight Rider – A tribute to Brooks & Dunn

Toyota has created the ultimate truck for the ultimate Brooks & Dunn fan. The Toyota Midnight Rider Tundra Tailgater pickup truck has debuted as THE tribute truck for country legends Brooks & Dunn. First, the truck’s bed folds out to reveal a complete tailgating station with countertops, a BBQ, an ice chest and even a draft beer tap. And, of course, an external audio system and a 42-inch flat screen TV. But the modifications don’t stop there, with this Tailgating machine receiving a long list of toys, ranging from fender flares and a 3-inch lift kit, to a set of 20-inch Mickey Thompson “Classic look” wheels and 35-inch tires. There are also some particularly gaudy western silver door handles as well as a bronze cast and chrome plated Brooks and Dunn steer’s skull logo. Visit Toyota Tundra for more info For more pix, click hereCountry Music Photo Gallery

CMT Announces Brooks & Dunn ‘Invitation Only’ Premiere

Brooks & Dunn are scheduled to appear on the newest episode of CMT’s “Invitation Only” on Friday, October 30th at 10p (ET). The show was filmed just a couple short days after the duo announced their split. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will perform some of their biggest hits and answer questions from the audience in the one-hour special. For more info, visit

Brooks & Dunn Final Album Release: #1’s and then some

Brooks & Dunn release their supposed final album today: #1’s and Then Some Hot on the heels of announcing their breakup, Brooks & Dunn’s last studio release hits store shelves. #1’s…And Then Some is a 2-disc collection of a total 30 tracks covering the entire span of the duo’s chart-topping career. Fans will also be treated with two original songs, and some classic hits. Additional tracks include ‘Neon Moon’ and ‘That Ain’t No Way to Go’ to their anthemic ‘Only In America,’ ‘Red Dirt Road,’ ‘Play Something Country,’ and many more, including their ACM and CMA Song of the Year winner, ‘Believe.’Country Music Photo Gallery

Brooks & Dunn Break Up

Brooks and Dunn have posted an announcement on their site stating “It’s time to call it a day”. That’s right, Brooks & Dunn have  officially announced the end of a 20 year chart dominating reign on country music. B&D posted on their own website: 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). I have to say that I am saddened, much like a child who finds out their parents are divorcing. Brooks & Dunn’s songs were the soundtrack of my life for many, MANY years, and they are a duo which has set the bar that all other male duos will have to reach to call themselves successful. I wish them the very best in their future bush wish even more that they would continue to make the music we love so much! Fans can see the duo perform together one last time as they embark on the Brooks and Dunn Last Rodeo Tour, which currently has dates booked through the summer of 2010.Country Music Photo Gallery

About Brooks and Dunn

The undisputed kings of the ’90s line-dancing craze, Brooks & Dunn are not only the biggest-selling twosome in country songs history, they’ve also sold more records than any other duo period, save for Simon & Garfunkel. Ronnie Dunn was the humbly intense singer with the soulful voice, during Kix Brooks played the part of the high-energy showman. Neither had been able to break through as a solo act, but together they hit upon a winning formula of rambunctious, rocked-up honky tonk with punchy, danceable beats, and alternated those cuts with smooth, pop-tinged ballads. The combination made them one of the most successful country performers of the ’90s, and they were still going strong as the new millennium dawned.

Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks (born in Shreveport, LA) and Ronnie Gene Dunn (born in Coleman, TX) arrived in Nashville from very different backgrounds. Brooks was a neighbor of Johnny Horton and first started singing with the country legend’s daughter at age 12; after a time working on the Alaskan oil pipeline, he moved to Maine and performed in ski resorts and other local venues. He went to Nashville in the early ’80s and found success as a songwriter, penning favorites for John Conlee, Highway 101, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others; however, his solo recordings — a few small-label singles in 1983 and a self-titled record in 1989 — failed to make any impact. Dunn, meanwhile, had been playing with traditional string bands since he was a teenager, but originally aspired to become a Baptist minister. He attended the highly conservative Abilene Christian University, but was kicked out for continuing to play material on the side in area bars. He decided to pursue material full-time and moved to Tulsa, where he led a house band and recorded for a local label from 1983-1984. In 1988, he won a songwriting contest whose prize included a recording session in Nashville; the producer, Scott Hendricks, was impressed enough to pass some of Dunn’s songs on to Arista executive Tim DuBois. DuBois had a hunch that Dunn and Brooks would complement each other well, and he connected the two and encouraged them to try writing and recording some demo material together. When he heard the results, DuBois signed the newly minted Brooks & Dunn duo to a contract.

Brooks & Dunn issued their debut album, Brand New Man, in 1991, and it was an out-of-the-box smash. The title track, “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon,” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” all hit number one on the country charts, and the latter song in particular was an inescapable smash that helped kick-start the line-dancing fad that swept country bars across the nation. Brand New Man eventually went on to sell over five million copies, and made the twosome into country superstars; their supporting tour established their penchant for theatrical live performances as well. Their follow-up, Hard Workin’ Man, consolidated their success with a string of five Top Five country hits: the title track, the number ones “She Used to Be Mine” and “That Ain’t No Way to Go,” and the number twos “We’ll Burn That Bridge” and “Rock My World (Little Country Girl).” Hard Workin’ Man sold over four million copies, and by the time its run of singles was exhausted, the duo had already completed a follow-up in 1994’s Waitin’ on Sundown. Five more Top Ten smashes followed, which included the number ones “She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind,” “Little Miss Honky Tonk,” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” (the others were “I’ll Never Forgive My Heart” and “Whiskey Under the Bridge”). Waitin’ on Sundown went double platinum, confirming Brooks & Dunn’s star power as a astronomical success.

Brooks & Dunn’s commercial dominance continued apace with 1996’s Borderline, another double-platinum success which produced two more chart-toppers in “My Maria” (a cover of the B.W. Stevenson pop hit from 1972) and “A Man This Lonely,” and a number two hit in “I Am That Man.” In 1997, the pair gave us The Greatest hits Compilation, whose new tracks, “Honky Tonk Truth” and “He’s Got You,” both reached the Top Five. And they weren’t done as hitmakers by any means; despite failing to go platinum, 1998’s If You See Her contained two number ones in “Husbands and Wives” (a Roger Miller cover) and “How Long Gone,” and another Top Fiver in “I Can’t Get Over You.” With such a consistent track record, Brooks & Dunn were perhaps due for the inevitable slip, and 1999’s Tight Rope was the closest thing to a commercial misstep they’d ever recorded. Despite some chance-taking in the production and the cover of rocker John Waite’s ballad “Missing You,” other parts of the record found their formula wearing thin. The record produced only one Top Ten hit in “You’ll Always Be Loved by Me,” and failed to even go gold.

Faced with a downturn in their sales, Brooks & Dunn spent more time crafting their next album, 2001’s Steers and Stripes. It helped restore their commercial fortunes with a threesome of chart-topping singles: “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” “Only in America,” and “The Long Goodbye.” The following year, the pair issued their first holiday album, It Won’t Be Christmas Without You. The duo pushed the envelope even further with 2003’s Red Dirt Road, a song cycle that served as both a biography and a tribute to their roots and upbringing. The rowdy Hillbilly Deluxe, a Top Ten hit, followed in 2005, with 2007 bringing Cowboy Town, released on Arista Records.