Brooks & Dunn call it quits. (Cowgirls, commence crying!)

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Late this afternoon, venerable country duo Brooks & Dunn posted the following to their website:

To Our Fans:

After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time call it a day. This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed …. We owe it all to you, the fans. If you hear rumors, don’t believe them, it’s just time.

We will release our #1s … and Then Some on September 8th and come see you all one more time in 2010, with The Last Rodeo Tour (dates to be announced).

Brooks & Dunn

It’s not often that a group goes out while still ever so much on top:  Kix and Ronnie’s most recent single — the Reba-enhanced “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” — was, in my opinion, just another fine addition to this twosome’s long and gloriously melodic history, stretching all the way back to their incredible 1991 debut, Brand New Man, and those lonesome high school Saturday nights when I’d lie in my bedroom and sob while listening to “Neon Moon” on repeat.

I’m trying to get one of these gentlemen on the phone in the coming days, but until then, watch the video of my favorite Brooks & Dunn track (“My Maria,” which I know is a cover, but it’s so good) and share your favorites and your memories in the comments. Sniff.

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  • Kristein

    I am in shock. I love them so much I went and put the bull skull (their trade mark) tatto on my left foot , the reason on my foot is because they kick a…! I will forever love them and listen to their music. The tallent of these two men will be missed in the music world.

  • Nathan

    Now hopefully Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and the rest of them will follow suit.

    • Lorrie

      What’s your problem !!! you don’t know talent when you hear it.

  • jrhd

    I am stunned! B&D are what Country music is all about, cryin’, lovin’ and leavin’. No group/duo has ever done it better and I don’t know that anyone will. My Maria sounds as good the 10,000th time as it did the first. Thanks Kix and Ronnie for everything.

  • razor

    Have they ever agreed which one is the bottom?

    • Truth squad

      Oh come on…That would have to be the big hair queen right?

  • Stacey

    I am shocked. I may be a relatively new country fan. Only in the last 10 years or so. But I loved Brooks and Dunn. I know in the past they have been close to quitting. But they always made it through. Wow. 20 years and you quit when you are still at the top. I wonder if they will be back in a couple of years and it’s just a case of burn out. But I wish them the best. But I am shocked. Wonder if one or both will stay in the business?

  • Samantha

    Oh good.I dont like country music.I wish it would die.

    • dave

      The feeling is mutual to you Samantha.

      • driftwood

        Amen to Dave’s response.

    • donna

      If you hate Country Music so much, why are you even on this sight reading this?

    • Lorrie

      Dave and Donna said it all, if you don’t like it don’t comment.

  • I’m sorry to all the B&D fans. They may not have been my cup of tea, but I’m sure your favorite artist suddenly retiring is a bit of a blow. If everyone here hates country music, why waste your time commenting? Keep it positive.

    • Lorrie

      THANK YOU.


    on top the last album was a flop.

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    Love the comments. Guess what sad haters? Country isnt gonna die. wah wah wahhhh

  • Julian

    I truly can’t believe some of the ignorant comments made here that aren’t even related to the topic.

  • Joni

    My jaw doesn’t ofter drop open in surprise/shock, but this announcement did it in a major way.

    I respect their decision but I can’t say I’m happy to hear it.
    Regards, Joni

  • Lauren

    I was a big Country fan when I was a kid and Brooks and Dunn made a lot of my favorite songs. This is a shock. I’m glad they didn’t go down in flames, though. They always seemed to hang around with each other even when they weren’t performing music.

  • Preston

    Maybe the hits, albums and songs have run out for them. But I think that Brooks and Dunn have had a very successful career for almost 20 years. I think that Ronnie Dunn wants to focus on a solo career and Kix Brooks might be behind the scenes on the music end. I believe that because Sugarland is hugely popular now as the top country duo, they want to go out on top. I enjoyed many of the albums I heard from them and I still love Ain’t Nothin’ Bout You from 2001. Very nice farewell message they wrote to the fans to explain their departure.

  • brad

    well if you like their sound dont fret it says they are done as a duo. and since they really arent a duo(does anyone even know what kix brooks sounds like) as long as ronnie dunn continues it will be like they never left.

  • Jeff W.

    I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of these people. I live in the east coast where people listen to good music (i.e., not country western).

    • dave

      Then for God sake go live elsewhere Jeff. You give the East Coast a bad name and reputation with your yuppie stuck up, head up your butt attitude about music. By the way, you live on the East Coast…..not in it. Unless that is where you literally have your head looking for the music you claim to be authority of.

      • donna


      • donna

        My comment about reading/commenting was for Jeff, not you, sorry.

      • driftwood

        As to Jeff W, I live on the East Coast too, the Southeast Coast; and I never heard of you. Please stay put. All of you. B & D fans don’t need you or want you. “You Want Fries With That?”

    • donna

      then why are you reading/commenting on this?

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