Ronnie Dunn must have been missing his musical family this Thanksgiving weekend because he took to Facebook on Wednesday (Nov. 26) with a loaded message that stoked the flames of those hoping for a Brooks & Dunn reunion.
So far, it’s gathered over 8,000 likes and 1,000 comments.
Dunn was quick to add a caveat:
“Not saying reunion …” he wrote.
“No, but you’re not saying you’re not either …” replied one fan.
“Just simply sayin’,” said Dunn.
The following day (Nov. 27), Dunn revealed that he had signed a new recording contract with the newly-founded Nash Icon label, which is also home to Reba McEntire.
Recently, Dunn has been critical of country radio on his Facebook account, even going so far as to insinuate that Brooks’ side job as host of a nationally syndicated radio show had contributed to the duo’s demise.
Brooks & Dunn were founded in 1990 as a bit of a Frankenstein experiment. Both Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were struggling to catch a break as solo artists when label executive Tim DuBois suggested they form a duo.
The combination of Dunn’s distinctive vocals with Brooks’ charisma and stage presence made them one of the genre’s most enduring duos, scoring 20 No. 1 hits over a 20-year career like “Brand New Man,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and “Red Dirt Road.”
They disbanded after a farewell tour in 2010, and since then Dunn has pursued a solo career, while Brooks has continued on as host of American Country Countdown.