By Whitney Pastorek
Updated August 10, 2009 at 11:14 PM EDT
brooks & dunn

Late this afternoon, venerable country duo Brooks & Dunn posted the following to their website:

To Our Fans:

After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time call it a day. This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed …. We owe it all to you, the fans. If you hear rumors, don’t believe them, it’s just time.

We will release our #1s … and Then Some on September 8th and come see you all one more time in 2010, with The Last Rodeo Tour (dates to be announced).

Brooks & Dunn

It’s not often that a group goes out while still ever so much on top: Kix and Ronnie’s most recent single — the Reba-enhanced “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” — was, in my opinion, just another fine addition to this twosome’s long and gloriously melodic history, stretching all the way back to their incredible 1991 debut, Brand New Man, and those lonesome high school Saturday nights when I’d lie in my bedroom and sob while listening to “Neon Moon” on repeat.

I’m trying to get one of these gentlemen on the phone in the coming days, but until then, watch the video of my favorite Brooks & Dunn track (“My Maria,” which I know is a cover, but it’s so good) and share your favorites and your memories in the comments. Sniff.

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