Brooks & Dunn just kicked off their Last Rodeo tour, and as they hit the stage together on their final trek, the guys realize how much they have depended on each other over the past 20 years.

"There's pros and cons to being in a group or duo along the way," Ronnie Dunn tells The Boot. "I think it's been an asset in many ways, especially in the early years, to be able to play off of each other. Just from exhaustion on tour and walking on stage and pulling one another through it and being cheerleaders for one another all along throughout the process, through songwriting and everything else, I think it helped."

"I think even a solo artist," Ronnie continues," it wouldn't hurt for you to have a coach out there with you, or a buddy sometimes. I think a lot of people could use it. I don't know how solo artists get out there and get isolated like they do sometimes and have to make the decisions they do, in a lot of different ways, and hold it together. Someone like George Strait you have to admire -- he's been out there for so long and pulled it off."

"I think you're right," Kix agrees. "Everybody does seem to have a buddy. I think it's harder for groups than anything. When you've got five guys trying to find their place."

The duo, riding high from their recent ACM win for Top Vocal Duo of the Year, will take their music and their steer heads to Spokane, Wash., on Friday (April 30).

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