Brooks & Dunn are the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville beginning next month. The display, called "Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon," opens Aug. 9th and runs through July 19, 2020.
The exhibit encompasses Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn's early solo careers, the circumstances that united them as performers, and their unique approach to stage production and touring. Noteworthy items featured in the display include:
Dozens of awards presented to Brooks & Dunn between 1992 and 2006, including Grammys, CMA and ACM awards;
Neon Circus & Wild West Show-themed Les Paul electric guitar, built for Kix by the Gibson Custom Shop's Master Luthier, Bruce Kunkel, in 2001;
Early draft lyrics to "Red Dirt Road," written by Ronnie.
Earlier this year, the Hall of Fame paid a visit to Kix and Ronnie's homes to retrieve their extension collections of memorabilia for the exhibit. Kix tells us his house now feels empty: ["(Ronnie) They cleaned you out. (Kix) Cleaned me out. This van came up and got all my awards and guitars. You wouldn't even want to go to my house right now cause it was all about me and now it's like I don't know . . . it's just like a house! (laughs) I can't strut through in my bathrobe anymore and go, 'Damn I'm awesome!' Now it's like I'm just a regular human being (laughs)."] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . regular human being (laughs).)
Brooks & Dunn will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.