Tuesday, August 11, 2009

End Of An Era

Brooks & Dunn, the number 1 country duo of all time, announced on Monday that they are giving it a rest. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their site saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. The pair broke through the country scene with their smash hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie" in the early 90's. Country music isn't for everyone, but I hope people will at least appreciate what the "dynamic duo" accomplished. Arista Nashville says the group has sold more than 30 million albums, 23 No. 1 hits, and been named Country Music Association's vocal duo of the year 15 times! Their song, "Only In America" became a Patriotic favorite in the events following September 11th. I know that saying you're "retiring" this day and age doesn't cause people to hold their breath, but country music will be missing a button on its shirt without these guys. I've been a big fan of the band since I was a child. I can remember dancing with my cowboy hat and boots to some of their tracks. A lot of people shrug their shoulders when you mention the phrase "country music," but these guys made country music popular again in the early 90's. Kix and Ronnie say they aren't done just yet. They plan to release a greatest hits album in September and tour one last time in 2010. Thanks guys, for making country music a little bit brighter over the last 20 years or so....your tunes still impact bars and clubs in towns all across America today.

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