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Brooks & Dunn Topped the Charts with ‘Hillbilly Deluxe’ Album On This Day in 2005

by Taylor Cunningham
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Legendary country singers Brooks & Dunn are back together—and loving every moment of it. Today marks a special anniversary for their hit 2005 album, Hillbilly Deluxe. And you know our Outsider crew loves some of the duo.

On this day (September 17th) in 2005, Hillbilly Deluxe reached the top of Billboard’s Country Charts. The certified platinum record also peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200.

Hillbilly Deluxe was the ninth studio album for Brooks & Dunn. And it gave us four of their best radio singles. One of those singles was Play Something Country, which ended up being the pair’s 12th and final number-one Billboard hit.

Despite the album’s success, Brooks & Dunn only recorded one more studio record, Cowboy Town, before breaking up in 2009. The two went their separate ways for over a decade, but they got back on the stage recently.

Brooks & Dunn Reunite in 2021

By 2009, the Cowgirls Don’t Cry singers had been in the spotlight for nearly 20 years. When they parted ways, it wasn’t due to drama or bad circumstances. The two were simply played out. Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks went on with their separate careers and remained good friends. In fact, they were so close that Dunn referred to his other half as his brother.

However, for a time, they didn’t think they’d ever pick up their guitars and hit the stage as a pair again. In 2012, Dunn sat down with CBS This Morning to talk about his solo career. And when the morning crew asked if he’d ever considered reuniting with Brooks, Dunn said absolutely not. 

“Are you kidding me? Never,” Dunn answered. “What is (the phrase) – ‘when hell freezes over?’ I’ll play that.” The two were still incredibly close, and as Dunn said in the interview, they texted and called each other all the time. But they were certain that phase of their lives was over.

But, here we are nine years after Dunn said there was absolutely never going to be a Brooks & Dunn again, and the two just kicked off a new tour together. Never say never, right? We’re just happy the guys had a change of heart.

Brooks & Dunn are currently on their Reboot tour with Travis Tritt and Elvie Shane. And Dunn recently admitted that despite his earlier comments, the idea of reuniting was always in the back of his mind.