Good things come in pairs, and that is so evident in country music. We’ve had a plethora of duos burst onto the scene in recent years. There’s Florida Georgia Line, Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Brothers Osborne, and even Maddie & Tae representing the ladies. But before them came the twosome to beat — the ones who dominated the ’90s — Brooks & Dunn.
The crazy thing is Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn didn’t start out as a duo. They each were successful songwriters pursuing solo careers when a fellow songwriter and new record label head introduced them and suggested they might try performing together. The chemistry was palpable, and the two launched one of the most prolific country music careers in history.
From 1991 until they momentarily retired “Brooks & Dunn” in 2010, the duo amassed 15 ACM Top Vocal Duo and three Entertainer of the Year wins, along with 14 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year trophies. In addition, they earned three AMAs, two Grammys and a People’s Choice Award. They released 11 studio albums, nine of them selling 1 million or more copies, and racked up more than two dozen No. 1 singles, including the 1994 smash that they co-wrote with Don Cook, “That Ain’t No Way To Go.”
On the contrary, that’s quite the way to go, Kix and Ronnie.
Retirement actually turned out to be an extended vacation. While they have each recorded and released solo projects since 2010, they reunited in 2014 for a Las Vegas residency with pal and “If You See Him/If You See Her” duet partner, Reba McEntire. They also appeared together in the “Forever Country” video for the 2016 CMA Awards.
Whether they will reunite permanently remains to be seen, but at least we have amazing treasures like this performance from 1994 ACM Awards, complete with a whole lot of hair.