She's turned Brooks & Dunn into a chart-topping trio on two occasions, and Reba McEntire also counts the superstar duo as longtime friends. So when Reba visited our studios this week to perform songs from her brand new album, 'Keep on Loving You,' we had to ask her reaction to the news that her buddies are calling it quits.

"Ronnie did tell me a little bit about it beforehand, so I wasn't surprised," she tells The Boot of the breakup, which will happen after a farewell tour next year. "They've been together 20 years. You have to come up with new things to reinvent yourself. That's where they are right now. They've done the big tours, the greatest hits ... they've done about everything you can do in the music business and done it the best! And now they want to try something different."

That something different won't likely be retirement. Both Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks are rumored to already be working on solo projects. Whatever they decide to do, Reba is excited to hear it.

"That's where my curiosity is piqued right now -- what are they going to do? I can't wait!" Reba tells us with wide eyes and a big smile. "I'll be their No. 1 fan on this one again. I love them both. They're super people."

The Brooks & Dunn-Reba duet, 'If You See Him/If You See Her,' topped the charts in 1998. They teamed up again a decade later for 'Cowgirls Don't Cry,' a song Ronnie co-wrote and says Reba was the inspiration for its lyrics.

Come back to The Boot on Sept. 4 for our full interview with Reba, along with her amazing live performance of four new songs.