CMT INSIDER Talks With Duo About Decision to Part Ways In Interview Airing Saturday, August 15

NASHVILLE – August 13, 2009 – Country music duo Brooks & Dunn spoke exclusively with CMT INSIDER’s Katie Cook yesterday about their decision to split up after 20 years of performing together. The interview, done on-site at a taping of INVITATION ONLY: BROOKS AND DUNN, will air on CMT INSIDER this Saturday, August 15 at 1:30 p.m., ET/PT.

“We feel good about it, though, I mean honestly, we both feel like it’s just too good of a horse to ride it into the ground, so that’s kinda it,” said Brooks.

“I think we realized this may be it, but if it is, the one thing that we will always have in common is how much we appreciate our fans and what they have given us, not just the lifestyle but the 20 years of going on stage…so we just immediately went into how do we wrap this thing up? What’s the classy, right way for us to do this? And that’s what we’re focusing on now.”

During the INVITATION ONLY taping, Brooks & Dunn reiterated that though they are parting ways, the two remain good friends. INVITATION ONLY: BROOKS & DUNN premieres in October on CMT.

The duo announced on August 10 that they would be parting ways after the release of their greatest hits compilation #1s…And Then Some on September 8 and “The Last Rodeo Tour” in 2010.

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