Before Sugarland, Thompson Square, Big and Rich, and The Wreckers the dynamic duo that the ruled the country charts, awards shows, and sold out stadiums all over North America were none other than Brooks and Dunn. Comprised of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, the two topped the charts in the early 90’s with their mega line dancing hit Boot Scootin’ Boogie, all the way to their official split in 2010. Together the duo had over fifty singles, ten studio albums, a Christmas album, and some of the biggest tours in country music to date.
In August of 2009, country music and the whole world was saddened when Brooks and Dunn made the rumors official by announcing their tour “The Last Rodeo” would in fact be their last tour as a duo. With powerhouse hits like “Hard Workin’ Man,” “Neon Moon,” “Rock My World (Little Country Girl),” “Little Miss Honky Tonk,” “My Maria,” “Honky Tonk Truth,” “I Believe,” “If You See Him/If You See Her ft. Reba McEntire,” “Believe,” “Play Something Country,” “Indian Summer,” and “Honky Tonk Stomp ft. Billy Gibbons” it comes as no shock the duo produced over 20 number one hits and multiple top ten hits before calling it quits. But what have the two done since?
In addition to his radio career, Brooks released New to This Town in September 2012. With great critical reception and topping the charts off at number 10, the album didn’t carry as well as predicted. In 2013 Brooks partnered up and launched Team Two Entertainment with Eric Brooks. Team Two produces independent films that Brooks produces and frequently appears in. With a handful of tour dates listed on his website, it appears that Brooks keeps himself pretty busy. Between producing films, cultivating new music, hosting the American Country Countdown, and being a co-owner of Arrington Vineyards, a wine vineyard just outside of Nashville, TN Brooks hasn’t slowed himself down.
Earlier this year Dunn released his second solo album titled Peace, Love, and Country Music. With some catchy tunes such as “Grown Damn Man,” “They Still Play Country Music In Texas,” “Kiss You There,” and “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes,” “Peace, Love, and Country Music” has been making waves in radio and social media. Dunn’s familiar vocals, and clever lyrics are a hit with Dunn’s fans. “Peace, Love, and Country Music” is a great follow up to the successful self titled solo debut Ronnie Dunn released back in 2011. Dunn has been keeping busy as well. With guest vocals on Kelly Clarkson’s holiday album Wrapped In Red, Dunn lent his voice to the track “Baby, Its Cold Outside,” as well as the powerful new song from Reba, “Pray For Peace.” Right now you can stream Dunn’s new album on his website.