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

2010 Rewind: No. 12 — Rascal Flatts Weathers Disney Shutdown

A dismal, sluggish economy was central to every part of American life in 2010, and it certainly had an effect on Music Row. Nowhere was it more obvious than when Disney shut down the Lyric Street Records office in April, creating turmoil in the lives of several artists, including Rascal Flatts. The Lyric Street closing and all that it represented is the No. 1 story among country music’s one dozen most important stories of the year. 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

Brooks & Dunn: Last Chance to See Very Last Rodeo

Brooks & Dunn is currently in the midst of its farewell tour, the Last Rodeo, and the final date on the schedule — Aug. 10 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — is already sold out. There is, however, one more way for avid fans to be a part of the show in an exclusive way, for a price. The Country Music Hall of Fame, which will receive all the proceeds from that last performance, is offering packages ranging from $250-$750 that include passes to the show and — in the most expensive package — an opportunity to have a picture taken with Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn the day of their duo-ending concert. Read More

Brooks & Dunn: Last Chance to See Very Last Rodeo

Brooks & Dunn is currently in the midst of its farewell tour, the Last Rodeo, and the final date on the schedule — Aug. 10 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — is already sold out. There is, however, one more way for avid fans to be a part of the show in an exclusive way, for a price. The Country Music Hall of Fame, which will receive all the proceeds from that last performance, is offering packages ranging from $250-$750 that include passes to the show and — in the most expensive package — an opportunity to have a picture taken with Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn the day of their duo-ending concert. Read More