While some country music fans feel that “real country music” is a thing of the past and that the only music being made in Nashville is a pop or urban-infused derivative of country, Brooks and Dunn has provided evidence that the format is alive and well, and they threw a party with Pardi in downtown Nashville to prove it.
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The beloved twosome who exploded out of the box in 1989 was the recent focus of CMT Crossroads. However, instead of mixing it up with a pop, rock, or urban act as the show typically does, Kix and Ronnie chose the young artists who helped them with their Reboot project to help them make television magic.
Among those young stars was neo-traditionalist, Jon Pardi, who recorded Brooks & Dunn’s “My Next Broken Heart” for the album then recreated it with the dynamic duo for the special.
Of course, Jon wasn’t the only young artist to join the iconic pair in rocking Nashville’s honkytonk corridor. Hot Texan Cody Johnson, who just landed his first mainstream Top 10 with “On My Way to You,” stripped it down for an acoustic rendition of the nostalgic “Red Dirt Road.”
Luke Combs, Brett Young, Midland, and Brandon Lancaster of Lanco were also part of the line- up of entertainment, but Brooks and Dunn also took the spotlight on their own to perform fan favorites “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” and “My Maria.”