Brooks & Dunn

In this era of mega-reunions and triumphant comebacks, Brooks & Dunn are doing the opposite—calling it quits. After being introduced 20 years ago by Arista Records, the aspiring Nashville songwriters went on to become the biggest selling duo in music history, even bigger than Simon & Garfunkel. Now that they’re breaking up, it’s easier to assess their body of work. Though they did give us “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”, they also delivered countless songs of actual substance concerned with the human condition in small town U.S.A, ones that had little to do with religion or political affiliation. And that is the root of B&D’s success—like Oprah, they were unifiers, not dividers. They pleased the alt-country crowd with Red Dirt Road and gave line-dancers an anthem (“Boot Scootin’ Boogie”). And they made millions and millions of dollars while working-class rednecks cheered them on. Only in America. With Jason Aldean, Tyler Dickerson. BRIAN J. BARR

Sat., May 1, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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