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The Judds @ US Airways Center

Imagine for a moment that you are the more talented half of one of the most successful vocal duos in country music history, scoring a multitude of number one singles and winning a shitload of Grammys and CMAs all by the time you are 25. Now imagine that the other half of your famous duo is your fucking mom. Life on the road would probably be a 24/7 party of "eat your broccoli" and "you're not wearing that onstage, are you?" and "be on the bus by 11 sharp." It would inevitably lead to friction, both personally and professionally, and indeed such was the case with '80s-era mother-daughter country superstars The Judds. By the time mother Naomi was forced to retire in 1991 after contracting the hepatitis C virus, daughter Wynonna had been achieved full rebellion mode and was more than ready for a solo career. A powerhouse vocalist, Wynonna's 20-year solo career has been a critical, if not always commercial, success, branching out from The Judds' post-Urban Cowboy country-pop sheen to add elements of country rock, gospel, and R&B to the mix, while Naomi's post-Judds career has focused on non-musical ventures such as acting and judging the CMT's reality singing contest Can You Duet. But in the music biz, "goodbye" never means "forever," so after a nearly decade-long absence in the '90s, The Judds reunited in Phoenix for a New Millennium's Eve gig, which led to a 2000 tour and a live album. Their 2010 "The Last Encore" tour is said to be their last together. And little Wynonna had better eat her broccoli and be back on the bus by 11, sharp.