Brooks & Dunn

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Country Music Festivals: The good, the bad and the smelly

    Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and we'll be going to music festivals and become reacquainted with the sweet summer smell of a beer-and- ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Diamond Rio and fireworks at new Mystic Amphitheater on the Fourth

    ​Mystic Lake Casino kicks off a summer of outdoor shows at its new 8,000 seat amphitheater Sunday night with a performance by Jason Mraz, followed on July 4th with a free performance by Diamond Rio (with fireworks!). So. Who's Diamond Rio?

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    March 11, 2011

    Top 10 Country Breakups

    ​On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.

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    February 28, 2011

    Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at Mystic Lake Casino, 2/27/11

    Photos by Nikki Miller​Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson February 27, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino What can I say. This was really, really cool.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    10 country musicians to watch in 2011

    ​As I culled through lists of new and upcoming releases from new and up-and-coming country artists, I couldn't help but notice a pattern: many were by women, and most of those by women who seemed to be taking country in a slightly new direction (occasionally, the "new" direction one that count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Best Country Shows of 2010

    ​Given our proximity to an abundance of casino venues, the popularity of state and county fairs, big summer festivals in every neck of the woods (and on lakes and in fields), and the recent influx of urban and suburban Western-themed bars, it's no surprise we've seen plenty of great country ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Miranda Lambert leads CMA nominations; Carrie Underwood scratches, yawns

    Photo by Nikki Miller​This week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Brooks & Dunn at Cheyenne Frontier Days: the writer eats crow

    Photo by Nikki MillerI'm sorry, Ronnie Dunn. :(​For those of you who have been following the latest drama in my life, here's your update; for those of you who have not, first, a synopsis.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Dear Brooks & Dunn: An open letter

    Photo by Nikki MillerBrooks & Dunn at Xcel Energy Center​ Dear Brooks & Dunn, (Well, mostly Ronnie Dunn.) I'm sorry I said all those nasty things about you.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Don Williams: Your to-do for the weekend

    ​ You can go see a good rock band, local or national, any ol' night of the week around here. Good country's a little harder to find within a stone's throw and on short notice. Drop that "good" before that "country" and I'd tell you to hoof it on out to The Rock Nightclub tomorrow night to see Jos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Brooks & Dunn break hearts at Xcel

    Photo by Nikki Miller​ Text sent to a friend, 10:28 PM: Jesus. They have either literal graphic interpretations or actual lyrics to their songs on the jumbotron. Gross. When are you going to First Ave? Not the sentiment I'd hoped to be expressing halfway through Brooks & Dunn's farewell perfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are gettin' hitched

    Photo by Nikki Miller​ Nashville has flooded, the incomparable Doc Watson is playing a sold-out show at the Cedar on Saturday night, and 7th-grade Nikki's favorite band ever, Brooks & Dunn, are bringing their farewell tour to the Xcel on Friday (with Jason Aldean, who'll likely treat us to his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Hank III reminds us we'll never get out of this world alive

    Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, Hank III is whiskey bent and hellbound.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Bad meat and country crossovers got me down

    News of country crossovers has me down, as does the food poisoning which has beset me since I ate some venison from a November '06 hunt (bad idea, folks).

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Are You Ready For the Country: Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

    Blame it on your lying cheating cold deadbeating two-timing double-dealing mean mistreating loving heart.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2005

    We got the Jack

    MSP gets new music format, single-entendre headlines Our favorite '80s station, Mixx 104.1, flipped formats yesterday to the Jack. CP's own Lindsey Thomas has the press release. And the Pioneer Press treats it as the second coming. And here's the playlist from the first two hours yesterday. The Jac ... More >>

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    November 12, 2003

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