Country Throwback: Brooks and Dunn Perform ‘It Won’t Be Christmas’ Without You for 2002 Special

by Emily Morgan

Legendary duo Brooks and Dunn brought Texas country music to D.C. when they performed on the annual holiday TV special, Christmas in Washington. 

In addition to Brooks and Dunn, performers also included Alison Krauss, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Yolanda Adams at the 2002 annual event. 

A young Katie Holmes introduced Brooks and Dunn, who performed for then-President George W. Bush and the First Lady. The country duo performed “It Won’t Be Christmas Without You” and “I Want A Rockin’ Christmas With You.”

Taking the stage in front of live television and many guests, including the President, you would never be able to tell if the pair was nervous. As usual, their duo’s classic charm shone through as they sang the sultry lyrics, enchanting viewers. 

Brooks & Dunn Release First & Only Christmas Album In 2002

Brooks and Dunn released It Won’t Be Christmas Without You in 2002It was the first and only Christmas album by the country group. The album featured covers of traditional Christmas songs, as well as several original tunes. 

Four of the record’s songs, “Hangin’ ‘Round the Mistletoe,” the title track, “Rockin’ Little Christmas,” and “Winter Wonderland,” were a commercial success as they all charted on the “Billboard Country Music” charts, peaking at numbers 47, 41, and 57.

Their first and only holiday album received a 3-star rating from Allmusic. The review praised Brooks and Dunn for “wisely foregoing the drippy, synth-laden production that ruins many contemporary country Christmas albums, instead of relying on the neo-honky tonk sound that made the duo famous.”

Unfortunately, Brooks and Dunn’s 2020 tour fell victim to the ongoing coronavirus. The pair rescheduled their 2020 Reboot Tour as the United States worked to end the pandemic. 

Initially set to begin on May 15 in St. Louis, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn’s tour will start on Sept 2 in Indianapolis and go until the end of Oct 2021. Like many artists, the band’s nationwide tour has been contingent on the surge in coronavirus cases.