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August 10, 2009
Country music's Brooks & Dunn calling it quits, after a 2010 tour

Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks, the most commercially successful duo in country music history, are splitting up.

They posted this today on their Web site:

"After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it's time to 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 (new album) '#1's and then some' on Sept. 8th and come see you all one more time in 2010, with 'The Last Rodeo Tour.' "

The tour dates haven't been announced, but look for Brooks & Dunn to head in this direction one last time.

They made their Sacramento debut in 1992 as Reba McEntire's opening act at Arco Arena. Five years later, the Reba/B&D pairing was country music's highest-grossing tour.

In a 2001 interview with The Bee, Brooks talked about performing here.

"We have said it time and time again: When people ask where our favorite place is to play, Arco Arena has come up in that conversation. Some of our funnest nights have been in Northern California. You guys know how to rock. It's always a party."

The two met as Nashville songwriters and decided to team up, write music for themselves and hit the road as a honky-tonk twosome.

Their first single, "Brand New Man" (1990), reached the top of the country charts.

They won the first of their many top vocal duo awards from Country Music Association in 1992 and their first CMA entertainer of the year award in 1996. The accumulation of trophies since the early days could fill a tour trailer, or two.

Check out more about the guys at www.brooks-dunn.com

- Dixie Reid

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