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Brooks and Dunn cowboy up June 7

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One of country music’s biggest duos is set to turn the Biggest Little City in the world into the nation’s cowboy town

Brooks & Dunn brings their rowdy, raucous show to the Reno Events Center Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. After nearly two decades of country hits, Grammys, Country Music Awards and more than 30 million album sales, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn continue to set the standard in the country music industry.

They started their career in 1991 with the album, “Brand New Man.” Twelve albums later, Brooks & Dunn are selling out arenas around the world with their latest hit album “Cowboy Town.”

“We came from pretty blue-collar backgrounds, so you had to dream some lofty dreams,” Dunn said.

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Those lofty dreams are now reality and define the premise behind “Cowboy Town.” Despite what its title may suggest, the album is not about rodeo cowboys or the inhabitants of a mythical West. The disc’s first single, “Proud of the House We Built,” is another hit in a career of more than 20 No. 1 singles. It reflects on love, determination and the duo’s “weather-the-storm” attitude.

“Cowboy Town” says, a cowboy – or a cowgirl, for that matter, as the record “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” makes clear – is anyone who gets up and stands tall after taking a hit. Anyone, in other words, who weathers a storm. It’s an attitude that Dunn says takes shape where “the Rolling Stones meet the cowboys out there across America and everywhere else.” The rocking title track sounds that way too – a muscular, uplifting blend of country and rock ‘n’ roll.

Dunn grew up with a mother who clung to her Bible and a father who was into hard-hitting honky tonk music. With a choice to pick either school or playing in beer joints, Dunn set out to chase the music. Landing in Tulsa, the quiet bass player quickly became a force to be reckoned with as a genuine country singer. Meanwhile, Brooks grew up in Louisiana, where beer joints weren’t temples to country music, but were combustive places where the people came for a party.

Once the two teammed up, the success started. With more than 28 million albums sold, four Entertainer of the Year Awards and a combined 28 Duo of the Year records for the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards, performances at the Olympics and a presidential inauguration, Brooks & Dunn are an undeniable country music phenomenon.

The concert will be presented by Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are available for $95, $75, $65, $55 and $45 and can be purchased by phone at (888) 288-1833 or at Circus Circus’ Main Cashier’s Cage, the Eldorado Showroom Box Office or Silver Legacy’s Box Office or online at http://www.downtownreno.com.


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