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Brooks & Dunn Biography


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Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Years Active: 1990–2010
Genres: Country


Brooks & Dunn are an American country music duo, consisting of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. Both Brooks and Dunn had worked as singer-songwriters before the duo's formation, charting singles of their own in the late 1980s. They are the most successful duo from any genre, having sold more albums than all others in the Nielsen/SoundScan era.

The duo made its debut in 1991 with their first four singles, “Brand New Man,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon” and “Boot Scootin' Boogie” all reaching the Top of the Billboard Country Singles chart. Their debut album, “Brand New Man,” was released the same year and was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #3 on the Country Albums chart.

“Hard Workin' Man,” their second album, was released in 1993 and peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Country Albums chart. Like its predecessor, this album had a string of Top 5 hits on the Country Singles chart. Its singles were the #4 “Hard Workin' Man,” the #2 “Rock My World (Little Country Girl),” the #1 “She Used To Be Mine,” the #2 “We'll Burn That Bridge” and the #1 “That Ain't No Way To Go.” The album was later certified 5× platinum.

Released in 1994, “Waitin' on Sundown” produced the hit #1singles, “She's Not the Cheatin' Kind,” “Little Miss Honky Tonk” and “You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone.” The RIAA certified the album 3× platinum which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #15 on the Billboard 200.

In 1996 they released “Borderline” which again peaked atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and reached #5 on the Billboard 200 before being certified 2× platinum. It featured the #1 Country singles, “My Maria” and “A Man This Lonely” as well as the #2 hit, “I Am That Man.”

“If You See Her” followed in 1998 and peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Country Albums chart. It produced the #1 Country singles, “If You See Him/If You See Her,” “How Long Gone” and “Husbands and Wives.” The album was later certified 2× platinum.

The duo released the gold certified, “Tight Rope” in 1999, which peaked at #6 on the Country Albums chart and #31 on the Billboard 200. Singles that charted on the Country Singles chart included, #15 “Missing You,” #19 “Beer Thirty” and #5 “You’ll Always Be Loved By Me.” “Steers & Stripes,” their seventh studio album, released in 2001 and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard 200. The platinum album featured three #1 singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart, “Ain’t Nothing About You,” “Only in America” and “The Long Goodbye,” all of which were also Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

Brooks & Dunn released “Red Dirt Road” in 2003. Certified platinum, the album topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. The title track was a #1 Country hit. “You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” reached #3 and “That's What She Gets for Loving Me” peaked at #6.

“Hillbilly Deluxe” was released in 2005 and became their third consecutive and fifth album overall to reach #1 on the Country Albums chart. It was certified platinum and also reached #3 on the Billboard 200. “Play Something Country” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and “Building Bridges” reached #4.

In 2007 they released “Cowboy Town” which peaked at #4 on the Country Albums chart and #13 on the Billboard 200. “Proud of the House We Built” was a #4 hit on the Country Songs chart, while “Put a Girl in It” reached #3 and “Cowgirls Don't Cry” with Reba McEntire reached #2.

The duo announced in 2009, that they were parting ways after one final concert tour in 2010.