The past few weeks have been quite busy for Ronnie Dunn. The iconic singer – who recently did a Twitterview on Country Music #CMchat – said that his schedule has picked up considerably.
“It has been very busy, compared to what I’m used to,” he admits. “I’ve been slouching off the past couple of years. I’ve been traveling and seeing the world. That’s something I really didn’t have time to do when I was with Brooks & Dunn. We’d go by bus or plane to all these great places, and never really get to see them. I took some time off, and the first thing I knew my wife and I were with Reba and her bunch in Africa, then fishing with my buddies in Chile, right before the volcano exploded. It’s actually been pretty fun.”
Dunn said that he had quite a bit of fun with McEntire and former partner Brooks during their recent stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In fact, the singer says it was so much fun that the trio will do another stint there in December. He said that his first shows in five years with Brooks were as comfortable as a hand in a glove (“It’s just like riding a bike,” he says), and offers that McEntire just seems to bring out the best in him – whether it be on stage or in collaborations such as “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” and “Does The Wind Still Blow In Oklahoma,” a track from her 2007 collaboration album Duets.
“She asked me to write one for it. I thought ‘That’s a lot of pressure to not only sing with her, but to write a song specific to the project.’ We phrase the same way. Sometimes, voices just blend and work. She sang on the new record we’re working on. She came in and did a killer job on it,” he says. Can he match vocal acrobatics with McEntire?
“Oh, yeah,” he teases playfully, before backing down – a little. “I’m not going to call her out. She’s from that family of competitive cowboys. Goodness!”
Just like with McEntire, Dunn has signed up with Scott Borchetta and the team at Nash Icon Records, something that he says is very exciting – being on a roster that includes such perennial favorites as Reba, Martina McBride, and Hank Williams, Jr.
“It’s a new way of going about getting mainstream exposure,” he says. “There’s a certain demographic that is crying out for artists that still may have some life yet that can fit into the constraints of commercial music these days.” And, obviously, the brand is already very successful. McEntire’s debut for the label, Love Somebody, stayed at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart for two weeks. “She says it’s been amazing. She’s seen a direct impact on ticket sales and crowd reaction, so I’m very excited.”
Dunn is currently in the studio working on his Nash Icon debut, with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus producing. The first single, “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas,” has just been released to radio and iTunes.
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While chatting with AMS host Blair Garner about the highly-anticipated song and his residency with longtime pals Reba and Kix Brooks. Dunn surprised listeners by announcing that he is giving away a trip to see REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: TOGETHER IN VEGAS at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace when they return to the stage in December after a successful run on the initial dates. The package for a lucky fan and guest includes round trip plane tickets, two nights at Caesar’s Palace, dinner and tickets to the dynamic show, in addition to a meet-and-greet with the superstars. For more details and to enter to win, click here.
“We just finished our first nine shows in Vegas,” continued Dunn. In regards to the sold-out residency, which began in June he elaborated, “Honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had and I’ve played some some cliff hangers over the years. The production, the sound, the crowds are all beyond anything I had imagined and I’m looking forward to the future dates.”
Dunn is continuing to write and record new music. As half of the best-selling duo in Country music history with more than 30 million albums sold, the Texas native’s career already boasts 23 #1 singles and more than 80 industry awards from the Grammys, Country Music Association and a record 27 Academy of Country Music honors. Named Entertainer of the Year four times collectively by the ACM and CMA, Brooks & Dunn consistently remained among Country’s most popular touring acts, a testament both to their showmanship and to their status as one of the true bedrock artists of Country music. Dunn has twice been honored as the BMI Country Songwriter of the Year as well as named the Billboard Magazine’s Country Songwriter of the Year. As a solo artist, Dunn earned two GRAMMY nominations in 201