Country Throwback: Miranda Lambert Honors Brooks & Dunn with ‘Hillbilly Deluxe’ Cover in 2010

by Emily Morgan

Brooks & Dunn mega-fan Miranda Lambert celebrated the duo’s lifetime of success in 2010 when she covered their song, “Hillbilly Deluxe” during the CBS TV special, Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo. 

Devastated by the news that the two were parting ways, Lambert wanted to honor the pair with a proper goodbye. Along with other country music stars, Lambert set out to celebrate her country music idols. 

“It was sad and great,” Lambert said in an interview. “Because watching them on the ACMs the night before thinking that’s the last time they’ll ever perform as a duo. First of all, I don’t buy that. At some point, even if it’s 20 years from now, they’re gonna get back together and do something on TV. We’ll see it! And plus, I know they’re both gonna make music — it’s in their blood, you can tell they still love what they do. But it was awesome to sit in the crowd and watch the Brooks and Dunn thing.”

Miranda’s decision to sing “Hillbilly Deluxe” for the tribute was appropriate for the night, considering it’s one of her all-time favorites by the duo.

“I loved my song ‘Hillbilly Deluxe,'” explains the Texas native. “Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker both went, ‘Hey, thanks for stealing our song!’ But originally Carrie Underwood stole mine, because I wanted to do ‘Neon Moon,‘ so we were all taking everybody’s stuff … My song was really fun, so I didn’t feel as much pressure, but Jennifer Hudson was so moving, and one of my favorite performances was Sugarland. It was just so great.”

Miranda Lambert: Brooks & Dunn Success Has Been ‘Consistent’ for 20 Years

For decades, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn delivered hit after hit during their country music domination throughout the ’90s.

That’s one of the things Miranda appreciates the most about the duo, saying, “Kix and Ronnie just laid it out there, musically, which is how we should all want it. It’s consistently great records. There’s not one song I can think of theirs that’s been a single that I don’t like … the records are great, the songs are great, the voices are great. It’s all just consistent. There was no roller coaster, they didn’t go away and come back, they stayed here for 20 years, and they kicked ass for 20 years, and that’s something to be said. That’s what we all should want to do.”

It looks like Lambert will get her wish: the pair is scheduled to reunite for a tour starting in 2021.