On This Day: Brooks & Dunn Release ‘Neon Moon’ in 1992

by Emily Morgan

On this day in 1992, country music’s dynamic duo, Brooks & Dunn, released their hit, “Neon Moon.” The song acted as the third single from the groups’ debut album, Brand New Man

The unforgettable tune became their third consecutive No. 1 single on the country charts. It also peaked at No. 1 on the “Canada Country Tracks” charts.

The song tells the heartwrenching story of a man at a bar, feeling lonely because his woman has left, so he spends “most every night beneath the light of a neon moon.”

As the narrator describes, once the sun goes down and it turns into night, he’s left to be alone with his feelings of loneliness and abandonment.

“The lights go out each evening at eleven
And up and down our block there’s not a sound
I close my eyes and search for peaceful slumber
And just then the local memory comes around
Piles of blues against the door
To make sure sleep will come no more”

If you haven’t guessed it by now, the narrator’s reference to the neon moon is the light coming from the neon bar signs in the window. 

As he sits in the bar and drowns his sorrows, he recalls the plans he made with his long, lost love and is left feeling as though he is reminded of what could have been. 

Brooks & Dunn Team Up With Kacey Musgraves On Classic Hit

Fans of the classic country hit got to hear it with a new spin when the duo teamed up with Kacey Musgraves on their latest album, Reboot. 

The new rendition of “Neon Moon” puts an ’80s pop spin on the song but keeps the classic country element of the steel guitar. 

Musgraves and Dan Huff produced the updated version. She began performing her version of “Neon Moon” live in concert several years ago as an homage to Brooks & Dunn.

 The duo joined Musgraves for a performance of the song during one of her concerts at the Ryman Auditorium. Musgraves takes lead vocals on the reinvented ’90s country classic, as the duo provided beautiful harmonies in the background. 

Musgraves also adds disco to her rendition while still honoring the traditional country elements in the song.