Known as the Most Successful Duo in Country Music, Brooks & Dunn are more than just close friends — they are brothers. However, on August 10, 2009, when fans all knew that everything was going all right, the duo announced what would be one of the most heartbreaking events in country music. After over 20 years of a flourishing career, Brooks and Dunn have finally decided to cut ties and split up.
A Break Up that Saddened Many Fans
Together, Brooks & Dunn’s journey to stardom has never been smooth as always. It was sometimes a tough ride on a long and winding road. Just like The Judds, the mother-daughter duo who split in 1991, and many other disbanded bands, Brooks and Dunn were not an exemption to such scenario. Hence, the parting of the two was officially announced breaking the hearts of many fans and other artists alike.
An official announcement of the duo was released saying:
“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.”
With this shocking news, rumors quickly spread instigating and asking the real story behind the separation. While some point out that it is a normal move for artists, many others doubt about it.
The Duo’s Side
News about the breakup of Brooks and Dunn spread out like fire. Many fans were asking some sort of questions. Only the duo can answer these themselves.
During a taping of CMT’s Invitation Only special, Kix Brooks was caught red-handed in an interview, he explained his side:
“It’s too good a horse to ride it into the ground. We’re still good friends. I’m proud to say we’ve never had a fight, never even yelled at each other. And that’s the truth.”
Meanwhile, Ronnie Dunn expressed what could’ve been the reason. He said:
“We started as co-workers and realized we had whole lot in common. We’ve ended up more like brothers.”
However it may sound, both artists stressed out and clarified that beyond what they have said, there is neither animosity nor bad blood between them. They reiterated that their time together has just simply run its course.
What’s really the reason behind?
Die-hard fans expressed their disbelief about what happened. The duo’s breakup was still hanging and lurking on lukewarm waters. Many still believed that Brooks and Dunn were not really in good terms.
Despite their claim of having no bad blood between them, they later admitted that indeed, they have had issues throughout the years. Also, they have experienced problems with compromising and time management. In fact, the tension between them grew stronger. As a result, they recorded some of their songs separately, in different studios with different producers.
In an interview with USA Today in 2009, Dunn stated:
“Looking back, we should have just taken a break and let all the dust settle under us.”
On the other hand, Brooks was quick to respond:
“There have always been hurt feelings. There have always been opinions. We both knew this was probably it. He called back the next day and said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ And I was in agreement. I really was. I was willing that day to try and work it out, but when he said, ‘This is it, I really think it is,’ I said, ‘I think it is, too’ … and still am totally at peace with it. It’s a good time for us to stop.”
It was then ruled out that the decision of such split was because of the disagreements on song choices. Consequently, Brooks & Dunn parted ways pursuing solo careers. Unfortunately, none of them has overthrown any of their records released when they were still a duo.
Six years later, Brooks and Dunn reunited for a Las Vegas residency with Reba McEntire. The event was called Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas. It has been so successful that their status being together was extended until 2017. As much as fans would love to see them together again, they seem to be glad about their flexibility. So far, they have not yet revealed any plans of releasing a new album or tour. Well, let’s hope. Maybe for the next month or years to come.
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