The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum should take pride in how, in recent years, it told stories about The Judds, Shania Twain and others through artists' outfits. Yet when reading about upcoming exhibit Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, running Aug. 9, 2019 through July 19, 2020, must-see artifacts favor hardware over stage wear.
A number of the new Hall of Famer's Grammy, ACM and CMA awards won between 1992 and 2006 highlight the celebration of '90s country's commercial gains and flashy stage shows. Other artifacts include Brooks' custom Neon Circus & Wild West Show guitar, Dunn's "Neon Moon"-themed archtop electric Gibson, racing suits from the duo's '90s involvement with Legends cars and an early draft of "Red Dirt Road's" lyrics.
The exhibit comes fresh off the heels of the March 18 announcement that the duo will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in October and the April 5 release of the group's chart-topping duets album, Reboot.
"It's so cool to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," said Dunn in a press release. "When you're reminded that what you have created is part of history like that, it's beyond humbling. I'm so, so proud."
"Ronnie and I are really fired up about having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," added Brooks. "We've shared some of our favorite things with the museum over the years, and it's going to be really special for us to revisit those moments from our career, especially in a format like the Hall that reaches all generations of fans."
Brooks & Dunn and their longtime manager Clarence Spalding will appear at the Hall of Fame's CMA Theater for Proud of The House We Built: A Conversation with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Clarence Spalding, on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.