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This little 'mama' certainly doesn't get dressed up for nothing: Brooks & Dunn puts on a show with style and flair only they can achieve.
by Kayla Dubchansky
Jun 08, 2008 | 684 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tribune/Nathan Orme - Kix Brooks hails from Shreveport, La., and began writing songs at age 12.
Brooks & Dunn fans surged into downtown Reno Saturday night to see country's biggest duo sing, play guitar and rock for nearly two hours at the Reno Events Center.

For those who aren't die-hard Brooks & Dunn fans it might be hard to keep up with all the songs off their 13 albums. However, anyone who has somewhat followed the pair throughout their career would have known the majority of songs on the set list. Those who may have never heard Brooks & Dunn music still got an enjoyable country-rock show.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn haven't lost any snap or pizzazz in the 17 years they've been making country music together. On the Cowboy Town Tour they appropriately started off the show with "Cowboy Town."

They put on a fast-paced, hit-packed show, rolling through the first four songs without a pause. After "Hilly Billy Deluxe," Kix addressed the crowd but pronounced Nevada “Ne-vah-dah,” in the way most Nevadans despise.

He made up for the faux pas by singing "Rock My World Little Country Girl." Ronnie played the cowbell in the background and threw out sticks to the crowd as Kix paused his guitar-playing to shoot t-shirts out of an air gun.

After giving their backup singers some attention in "Put a Girl In It," Brooks & Dunn slowed things down. They sat in chairs placed at the end of the catwalk to sing some of their older ballads. Ronnie bemoaned the elevation of Reno, saying he was tired after the first three songs.

He didn't seem tired, though, as he closed his eyes tightly to belt out "Husbands and Wives." Ronnie gave the reigns over to Kix telling him to sing "Lost and Found," and giggled through the song at Kix's antics.

One problem with their concert: Everyone just sat there. Aren't you supposed to stand up during a concert? Especially to music that rocks as hard as Brooks & Dunn's. The way the stage was set up, there were seats directly behind the catwalk and people in those seats couldn't see if they were sitting down. However, as soon as they stood up the security guards yelled at them and other fans joined in the heckling. In fact, a few fans almost brawled in front of the catwalk during "Neon Moon" early in the show because of standing up.

Other than that, the crowd was docile until near the sixteenth song in the set, "Only In America." Brooks & Dunn showed off their patriotism during the song with a background video that displayed the American flag and all the lights on stage were red, white and blue. Then they had several military personnel appear on stage in their dress uniforms to salute the crowd, which finally got the audience to its feet.

The audience was finally really into the show but it seemed like too little to late. The pair closed out the show with "Play Something Country" and "My Maria."

Of course, there was the cheerin’ and hollerin' until they came back out for a fairly awesome encore. They restarted with "Brand New Man" and sent the crowd home with an awesome display of "Boot Scootin' Boogie."
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