Before wrapping up their Reboot 2022 tour, Brooks & Dunn performed their biggest hits at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming on July 30.
What brings country music fans back to Brooks & Dunn shows? Ronnie Dunn has a theory. "We try to put on a show," he said. "We tell them a lot of times when we walk on stage, ‘What you're going to see up here is going to be influenced by you as much as anything.' That lights the fuse and away you go."
When seeing Brooks & Dunn live, you never know who could make a guest appearance. "Doing stuff with Luke Combs is fun right now because he's such a strong singer," Ronnie said before praising Miranda Lambert's recent collaboration at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena June 18. "The Miranda thing was just spontaneous. She had no idea she was going to get called out up but I knew she could handle it."
No matter how many years go by, Ronnie believes his songs stand the test of time. "There are three rhythm patterns that are pretty much etched in stone in country music including steppers, shuffles and waltzes," he said. "If you can keep the songs within those parameters, people will get out and dance."
According to Ronnie, there is one part in the show that he treasures every evening. "We do these schticks where I'll just stop singing in the middle of ‘Red Dirt Road' or ‘Neon Moon' and just let the crowd sing," he said. "On stage, you can hear the crowd over the band and that's pretty amazing."
For concertgoers attending a Brooks & Dunn show this summer, Ronnie had a special message of appreciation. "In this economy, that people spend that kind of money to get tickets and show up and buy merchandise, it's a huge deal," he said. "Just showing up and having a good time and coming back is great."