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Strait, Swift, Lady A, Paisley join Brooks & Dunn tribute show

Friday, March 12, 2010 – George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland will perform at the television taping of the all-star concert special, ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" on Monday, April 19.

They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, the best selling duo in the history of country music, will receive the Academy of Country Music's Milestone Award in recognition of their 20-year record-breaking career during the tribute concert special. They will be honored for holding the record for the most wins of any artist in the academy's history with 26 awards in total, including 3 Entertainer of the Year awards. They will also be honored for holding the record for most Top Vocal Duo wins, with 15 awards, 8 of which are consecutive from 2000-2007.

Brooks & Dunn have had 23 number 1 hits, sold more than 30 million records and won more than 80 major industry awards during their career. In August 2009, they announced they will retire as a duo in 2010 and embark on a final farewell tour this summer, called "The Last Rodeo."

The concert is at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will air Sunday, May 23 on CBS.

Tickets are still available to the public for this event for $150 and $100 through Ticketmaster.com. Proceeds of all sales benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to improve lives through music.

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Reboot CD review - Reboot
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#1s ... and then some CD review - #1s ... and then some
Brooks & Dunn are the most popular duo in country history racking up lots of hits and awards, but they amicably called it a career with plans to go their separate ways after a farewell 2010 tour. This two-CD set contains 30 songs, but aside from 2 new songs, there's not much reason to buy this set. The quality certainly is there as 20 of the songs reached the top of the chart. The new songs - both were released as singles - were Honky Tonk Stomp, featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Indian Summer. »»»
Cowboy Town CD review - Cowboy Town
If your idea of a cowboy is Cowboy Troy and the guys from Big & Rich, then sure, this new Brooks & Dunn album is named appropriately. For it's the city-bred hat crowd that the majority of these songs are aimed at or at least the women that married them. Their last couple of albums saw them gain some critical acclaim with songs like the stirring "Believe," but there's nothing that immediately memorable here. Instead, we get the fuzzy current events theology of, "God Must Be »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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