Sugarland Dazzles at Brooks & Dunn Tribute Show

On May 23, “ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn- The Last Rodeo” aired. I hate thinking of it as the “Last Rodeo.” I hate thinking of a world in which Brooks & Dunn are no longer making music. However it was great watching 15 favorite country singers performing some of the best songs from Brooks & Dunn. From the top all the way to the bottom it was all good. There were, however, a few moments that stood out.

If I had to choose one song to watch again and again from the show, I would choose the “Red Dirt Road” cover by Sugarland. They transformed the guitar heavy, up-tempo country rocker song into a gorgeous piano ballad. It worked beautifully, particularly when Kristian Bush was able to play harmonica at the same time as playing guitar. Sugarland should consider putting that into their own shows.

Other highlights from the show included Keith Urban giving an “I’m not worthy” bow of respect to the pair. Miranda Lambert was able to paint a portrait of Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brookes while rocking out to music from Kate Perry. George Strait performed “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” with Brooks playing harmonica from the road case couch. I don’t know why Dunn laughed through that one. I don’t think he was laughing at Strait but laughing with him. Hopefully, anyway. The ending of the show I really loved, when all of the performers joined onstage with Brooks & Dunn. It looked like a spontaneous version of “Play Something Country.” With Brooks & Dunn going into retirement, every country artist on tour needs to add a song from Brooks & Dunn to the set list.