NPR looks back on the impact Brooks & Dunn have had on country music from their inception in 1991 through today.

“While ramping up to release Reboot, an energized, duet-style retrospective pairing the two veterans with new-generation admirers, they were named to the latest class of Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. This spring, at venues as wide ranging as the ACM Awards, the Ryman Auditorium and The Tonight Show, Brooks & Dunn have made appearances with a few of the young guns who contributed the album, and saw the project land atop the Billboard country chart. Even in the country music world, with its sweeping reverence for what’s come before, it’s not often these days that performers are canonized by the establishment and grafted onto the institutional narrative of the tradition at the same moment when they’re enjoying a resurgence of youthful interest, influence and popularity in an ever-evolving genre. That it’s happening right now to Brooks & Dunn is no small deal.”

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