Exploring the exhibition “Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon,” singer-songwriters and Country Music Hall of Fame members, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, take a trip down memory lane—one lined with a stockpile of Country Music Association Grammy Awards, a suit gifted to Ronnie Dunn by fellow Hall of Fame member Johnny Cash, and a little piece of paper that Kix Brooks saved, featuring the handwritten lyrics to “Red Dirt Road.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tracked Brooks & Dunn’s three-decade career to create the exhibition, highlighting Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn’s early days as solo artists, up through to the partnership that led to hits including “Brand New Man,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Neon Moon,” and “Red Dirt Road,” a #1 for Brooks & Dunn in 2003.
“I’ve thrown away just notebooks full of song lyrics over the years, you know,” Brooks says. “I noticed there’s one that for whatever reason, I stuck away, it was like the first day Ronnie and I were scribblin’ around on ‘Red Dirt Road,’ and. . . I’m glad that little piece of paper survived, because that song means a lot to me.”
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