5 Things to Know about Brooks and Dunn

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 08: Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn attend Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening of Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 08, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Country duo Brooks and Dunn will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this October, and their exhibit at the hall just recently opened. The duo has 20 number one hits, dating all the way back to 1991, two Grammy awards, dozens of ACM and CMA honors and a discography counting more album sales than any country duo in history – regardless of genre.

After taking a break, the duo just released a new album, Reboot featuring Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, and more. But here are five things you may not know about the country duo.

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1They Were in Their 30’s Before Becoming a Duo

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were pursuing solo careers before becoming a duo. In 1990, they formed Brooks and Dunn, both artist in their thirties. Brooks was songwriting for other artists with cuts from The Oak Ridge Boys and John Conlee.

Kix Brooks

2Brooks likes his coffee “cooked”

Brooks shared with CMT how he likes his coffee, saying, ” I’m actually from Louisiana and usually my coffee cooks for a couple of hours every morning before it’s worth drinking. My driver said it best. He said my coffee is pretty good once you get through the first couple of bites. I like strong, muddy coffee.”

Ronnie Dunn

3Dunn Almost Became a Minister 

Dunn almost became a Baptist minister as he studied theology at Abilene Christian University. Dunn was asked to leave the college as he was performing at local bars. Dunn moved to Tulas to pursue a country music career.

Kix Brooks
Kix Brooks, as seen on Cooking Channel’s Steak Out with Kix Brooks, Season 1.

4Brooks Owns a Production Company

Brooks owns a movie production company – Team Two Entertainment –  where he’s appeared in front and behind the camera. Brooks also at one point had a show on the Cooking Channel-“Steak out with Kix Brooks.” For those who visit Arrington Vineyards, Brooks is a founding partner of the vineyard.

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5Brooks and Dunn Have Alter Egos

Dunn co-wrote a book with author Bill Fitzhugh titled The Adventures of Slim & Howdy. The book is about their alter egos as they travel the country in pursuit of a music career. Their adventures include encounters with a snake handler, poker game gone wrong and more.