The American country music duo who broke waves and made country history from the 1990’s up to the present had a brief parting with their fans. On September 2, 2010, they performed their ‘final’ show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The performance followed their earlier announcement in 2009 of their plan to retire.
After their split as a duo, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks went on to pursue their solo careers. Brooks released his album, New to This Town in September 2012, while Dunn released his self-titled album in 2011. Among the songs in Dunn’s solo album was his hit song, Bleed Red, which made it to the Top 10 Country charts.
The separation of the famed duo came as a shock to their supporters, especially since they were right at the height of their career when they decided to part ways. During their announcement, they told supporters and critics,
“After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time to call it a day.”
Titled Last Rodeo, Brooks and Dunn strongly felt that they owe it to their fans to deliver one last opportunity to see them sing and perform their songs together before they continued their careers as solo singers. Although initially citing that the decision to end their partnership in music was something that was made in a positive light, they later on admitted that their affiliation had been going through rough times since late 1991. Tensions rose, and differences became so apparent that the two had to record songs in different studios and with different producers for one of their albums.
Despite that, their so-called ‘final’ show was a huge success. Reba McEntire even made an appearance and joined them to sing Cowgirls Don’t Cry.
After years of working on their solo careers, the duo found themselves sharing the stage once again and performing as the musical double act they were first known for in 2015. During a Las Vegas residency with McEntire, they delivered a very successful and warmly received performance that the show had to be extended until 2017. The show was titled, Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas. In addition, Kix Brooks made an appearance for Ronnie’s single, Damn Drunk, which was part of his album, Tattooed Heart.
There have been no recent announcements of working together for a new album as of yet, but fans have been delighted to watch their favorite duo collaborate on musical projects left and right once again.
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