Country Throwback: Carrie Underwood Covers ‘Neon Moon’ by Brooks & Dunn

by Suzanne Halliburton
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A decade ago, Carrie Underwood and the elite of the country music world saluted Brooks & Dunn, singing the duo’s best-loved hits in a televised special.

So let’s drift back 10 years and check out Underwood’s contribution to the special concert. The former American Idol winner was five years into her brilliant country career. She’d recently released her third studio album.

With Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn sitting to her left, Carrie Underwood told them how she used to sing a particular song when she was 8.

Carrie Underwood Says Duo Helped People “Fall in Love” with Country Music

“You’ve made so many people fall in love with country music,” said Underwood, who was then 27.

Then she belted out “Neon Moon.” It was fitting she was wearing a sparkly silver dress since it gave her song a moon-light kind of feel.

The tribute show aired on May 23, 2010 and was sponsored by the Academy of Country Music. The concert was recorded a month earlier, the day after the ACM conducted its annual awards show.

All proceeds from the concert benefited flood victims in Tennessee.

Other country superstars who paid tribute included Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, and George Strait.

Neon Moon Was the Duo’s Third Straight No. 1 Hit

Brooks & Dunn recorded “Neon Moon” in 1991. It was the duo’s third straight No. 1 hit. Brooks wrote it. The song finished ninth on the country music charts for all of 1992.

The song is about heart break. The central character spends most every night under the light of a “neon moon,” as he tries to get over a breakup.

The first verse:

I spend most every night, beneath the light of this neon moon. If you lose your one and only, there’s always room here for the lonely.
“To watch your broken dreams, dance in and out of the beams of a neon moon.”

Brooks & Dunn Recorded Song Again With Kasey Musgraves

Brooks & Dunn collaborated with Kacey Musgraves in 2019 on a reboot of the song. And Musgraves also has included the song on some of her concert tours.

As a duo, Brooks & Dunn had an incredible run, spinning 20 No. 1 hits on the country charts.

They announced their retirement in 2009, with their final concert in September, 2010. Each has worked on a solo career. The pair was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019.