NASHVILLE, TN – July 17, 2019 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will tell the story of the best-selling country duo of all time, Country Music Hall of Fame members-elect Brooks & Dunn, in the exhibition “Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon” on display Aug. 9-July 19, 2020.
The exhibit encompasses the duo’s early solo careers, the circumstances that united them as performers and their innovative approach to stage production and touring.
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn rocketed to stardom in the 1990s, and for 20 eyars, they remained leaders in country music, with hits including “Neon Moon,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Hard Workin’ Man,” “My Maria” and “Red Dirt Road.” Throughout their career, Brooks & Dunn consistently sold out their arena tours, scored hit after hit (including 20 No. 1’s) and won two Grammys, 19 CMA awards and 24 ACM awards.
Their songwriting skills gave them strong material, and their experience in front of crowds allowed them to create an entertaining and dynamic show. Their 1991 debut album, Brand New Man, updated honky-tonk rhythms with classic rock guitar riffs and dynamic musical arrangements. Four consecutive No. 1’s—“Brand New Man,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”—pushed album sales to more than 3 million copies in the first year.
Brooks & Dunn’s momentum continued as they consistently delivered at least three Top 10 songs every year from 1992-1998 and performed to large audiences. In the early 2000s, the duo pumped life into their concert tours by creating a carnival atmosphere. Their groundbreaking Neon Circus & Wild West Show (2001 and 2002) included confetti cannons, fireworks, hot air balloons, midway exhibits and sideshow acts.
When Brooks & Dunn announced a hiatus in 2010, their career statistics included 41 Top 10 hits, 26 million records sold and a record-setting number of vocal duo awards. In 2014, the duo reunited and announced a Las Vegas residency with longtime friend and Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire that continues today.
In 2019, Brooks & Dunn released Reboot, an album that features their collaborations with contemporary country artists on new versions of some of the duo’s hits. This collaboration project debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, marking the first time the duo has topped the album chart since 2009. The album earned the duo their 10th Billboard 200 Top 10 album, the most of any country duo or group in the chart’s history.
On March 18, 2019, the Country Music Association announced Brooks & Dunn were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The duo will be inducted in October.
Items featured in “Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon” include awards, custom-built instruments and personal artifacts.
“Proud of the House We Built: A Conversation with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Clarence Spalding” – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Brooks & Dunn, alongside their longtime manager Clarence Spalding, will participate in a public interview in the museum’s CMA Theater. During this conversation, Brooks, Dunn and Spalding will discuss their careers and share personal stories and memories associated with the artifacts included in Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon. Tickets will be available here, beginning 10 a.m. Friday, July 19. Tickets include museum admission.
For more information, visit www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.
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