The 50th annual CMA Awards took a trip back to 1991 with Brooks and Dunn’s performance of “Brand New Man.” This time around, the beloved duo became a trio by recruiting Jason Aldean for the special rendition.
Although Brooks and Dunn have been off the touring circuit for a few years now, it was hard to tell by this performance. The guitar-heavy rendition brought back all the glory of the 90s, along with a little modern flair from Aldean. Although Jason seemed to struggle with his vocals at times, the set still felt plenty energetic. You know Brooks and Dunn are good when they manage to outshine one of modern country’s most popular chart-toppers.
During a night when dozens of classic country songs from the 70s and 80s were honored, its nice to see a fitting nod to the 90s, too. Still, don’t expect to see Brooks and Dunn pull a Garth and come out of retirement any time soon. Thankfully, fans can still catch them performing live next year during their ongoing Las Vegas residency with longtime friend and collaborator Reba McEntire.