Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn) both successful solo artists, released their first album together in 1991 and they have since become one of the best-selling duo’s in country music. Their hits have enabled the duo to achieve more than 30 million albums sales and amass more than 80 industry awards.
They retired as a duo in 2009, but in 2014 they announced a reunion along with Reba McEntire, for a series of concerts in Las Vegas.
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The duo was founded in 1990 through the suggestion of Tim DuBois. Before the foundation, both members were solo recording artists. Both members charted two solo singles apiece in the 1980s, with Brooks also releasing an album for Capitol Records in 1989 and writing hit singles for other artists.
Founded in 1991, the duo signed to Arista Nashville that year. They have recorded 11 studio albums and five compilation albums for the label. They also have released 50 singles, of which 20 went to number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and 19 more reached top 10. . Brooks & Dunn won the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award every year between 1992 and 2006, except for 2000. Two of their songs won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Hard Workin’ Man” in 1994 and “My Maria” in 1996. All but two of the duo’s studio albums are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Their material is known for containing influences of honky-tonk, mainstream country, and rock, as well as the contrast between their singing voices and on-stage personalities, although some of their music has also been criticized as formulaic. Their 1992 single “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” helped repopularize line dancing in the United States, and 2001’s “Only in America” was used by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama in their respective presidential campaigns. Brooks & Dunn have collaborated with several artists, including Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Mac Powell, Billy Gibbons, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
After announcing their retirement in August 2009, they performed their final concert on September 2, 2010, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Both Brooks and Dunn have continued to record for Arista Nashville as solo artists. Dunn released a self-titled album in 2011, which included the top-10 country hit “Bleed Red”, while Brooks released New to This Town in September 2012. The duo reunited in 2015 for a series of concerts with Reba McEntire in Las Vegas. In 2019, the duo was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brooks & Dunn Backing Tracks – A Few Good Rides Away … Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You… A Man This Lonely… Beer Thirty… Believe… Boot Scoot ‘n Boogie… Brand New Man… Building Bridges… Corina… Cowboy TownvCowgirls Don’t Cry… Dirty Harry… Every River… Hard Workin’ Man… Hillbilly Deluxe… Honky Tonk Truth… How Long Gone… Husbands And Wives… I Am That Man… If That’s The Way You Want It… ]I’ll Never Forgive My Heart… Long Goodbye… Lost And Found… Missing You… My Heart Is Lost To You… My Maria… My Next Broken Heart… Neon Moon… Only In America… Play Something Country… Proud Of The House We Built… Red Dirt Road… Rock My World… She’s Not The Cheating Kind… She Used To Be Mine… South Of Santa Fe… Tequila… That Ain’t No Way To Go… That’s What It’s All About… That’s What She Gets For Loving Me… Unloved… We’ll Burn That Bridge… Whiskey Under The Bridge… Why Would I Say Goodbye You Can’t Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl… You’ll Always Be Loved By Me… You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone…