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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 11:45 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Judds are hitting the road one last time — maybe.

Wynonna and Naomi Judd announced an 18-city reunion tour called "The Last Encore" on Thursday after opening the CMA Music Festival with a morning performance in front of several thousand fans.

Wynonna Judd noted the tour's name after greeting reporters, calling it "funny, because we don't know if it will be. But we had to come up with a name."

"I was going to suggest 'The Cougar Tour,'" Naomi Judd joked.

It's been 10 years since the Judds have toured together, and when the show kicks off Nov. 28 in Green Bay, Wis., the iconic duo believes they're ready to spend an extended period of time together on the road.

They joked that years of therapy have brought them to a peaceful coexistence.

"The good thing is that we've changed and we respect each other," Wynonna Judd said. "Mom doesn't call me out and tell me to go clean my room on the bus — in front of Bono."

The Judds will sing their hits, new songs from an upcoming album and holiday material on a tour that weaves through the Midwest and West.

"The music will be as corny as we can we can get away with without people going 'accckkkk,'" Wynonna Judd said.

Their (possible) final show together will come Dec. 19 in Phoenix. The mother-daughter duo has scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that's spanned nearly three decades. After rising to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis.

They got together again in 2000 for another tour. If Thursday's attendance was any indication, the Judds will still pull in a lot of fans. Their show at Riverfront Park was one of the biggest openers for CMA Fest since it moved to its current location in downtown Nashville, organizers said.

"There were a lot of fans out there that had never seen the Judds before and I'm interested in that," Wynonna Judd said.

"We want to pass this on to the next generation."

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