2010 Rewind: No. 5 — Brooks & Dunn Break Up

When they first came to national attention with “Brand New Man” in 1991, Brooks & Dunn were an unlikely combo — a couple of guys who moved to Nashville with dreams of becoming solo performers who were sort of glued together by a Music Row executive. By the time Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn wound it down with the Last Rodeo Tour in 2010, they had become the most commercially successful duo in country music history — better known than Country Music Hall of Famers the Louvin Brothers with more hits than Hall of Famers the Everly Brothers. The Brooks & Dunn breakup ranks No. 5 as GAC counts down the dozen top stories of the past year. Read More

Kix Brooks, CMA Donate $2.9 Million to Nashville

High-school sophomore Duncan McPherson had a tough gig on Wednesday. He played an intricate Spanish guitar piece with TV cameras rolling before an exclusive Nashville audience that included the mayor of his hometown and three country artists — Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild — all watching from the front row. Despite the pressure, Duncan played the piece quite nicely, demonstrating the volume of creative potential in the current class of students, if they’re simply given a chance. “I don’t think any of those chords are in ‘Red Dirt Road,’” Kix quipped. Read More

Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride: CMA Nominations Trivia

When Miranda Lambert set a record for female acts by picking up nine awards nominations this week from the Country Music Association, no one was more surprised than her. But that wasn’t the only shock-a-roonie of the two-day nominations announcement. Lady Antebellum achieved something that’s never been done before, Steel Magnolia and The Band Perry each accomplished something that’s probably been done only once. And Miranda did something that’s only happened twice. Here’s a bevy of CMA trivia that you may not have seen anywhere else: Read More

Brooks & Dunn Wave Goodbye

When they announced the Nashville finale for the Last Rodeo, Brooks & Dunn hinted that it would have a superstar lineup as they gave all the proceeds from their end-of-the-road concert to the Country Music Hall of Fame, located across the intersection from the Bridgestone Arena. But when the last chord rang out and the lights went up on the sold-out auditorium at Thursday’s last-ever Brooks & Dunn show, you could count the extra artists who showed up on two fingers: Tyler Dickerson, who turned in a solid six-song opening set that sounded more mature than his chronological age — 16 — would suggest; and Reba McEntire, who kicked into gear for the last chorus of “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” a little more than half-way into B&D’s two-hour farewell. Without the fanfare, it felt oddly like a regular Brooks & Dunn show. Kix Brooks broke into a bittersweet smile and doffed his cowboy hat at the end of the aptly titled “You’re Gonna Miss Me (When I’m Gone).” It looked on the video screen as if perhaps, just maybe, he was tearing up, but you couldn’t be certain. Read More