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George Strait’s Epic One-Time “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” Act

“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” holds a special place as one of Brooks & Dunn’s most iconic hits. This song’s significance was vividly highlighted during a memorable event: “ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn – The Last Rodeo.” This gala took place a decade ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was an extraordinary evening where sixteen of country music’s biggest stars came together to honor the duo by performing their greatest hits. The event wouldn’t have been complete without a rendition of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and to the audience’s delight, it was none other than George Strait, the revered King of Country, who took on this classic tune.

George Strait’s performance of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” was a standout moment of the night. As he took the stage, his presence alone was enough to get the star-studded audience on their feet, eagerly anticipating his performance. Adding a unique twist to this unforgettable moment, Kix Brooks himself joined in, playing the harmonica at the sidelines. This collaborative effort between Strait and Brooks added a special charm to the night, making it one of the most memorable performances of the event.

Despite the undertone of sadness due to Brooks & Dunn’s announcement of retirement, the atmosphere was charged with excitement and nostalgia. The crowd engaged enthusiastically, contributing to the vibrant energy of the event. While George Strait’s tribute was the highlight, he wasn’t the only star paying homage to the duo. Other renowned artists like Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood also performed, covering their favorite Brooks & Dunn songs and adding to the night’s splendor.

“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” isn’t just a song; it’s a cultural phenomenon. Penned by Ronnie Dunn, the song is a lively homage to Texas-style honky-tonk line dancing. Originally released by Asleep At The Wheel in 1990, the song gained monumental popularity with Brooks & Dunn’s cover, featured in their debut album “Brand New Man.” Climbing to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and breaking into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it didn’t just chart success; it reignited a nationwide passion for line dancing. This single song played a pivotal role in shaping the New Country scene of the early 1990s. George Strait’s rendition of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” is a fitting tribute to Brooks & Dunn’s influential and illustrious career, encapsulating the spirit of a genre and an era in country music.

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