Ronnie Gene Dunn (born June 1, 1953) is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. In 2011, Dunn began working as a solo artist following the breakup of Brooks & Dunn. He released his self-titled debut album for Arista Nashville on June 7, 2011, reaching the Top 10 with its lead-off single "Bleed Red". In 2013, after leaving Arista Nashville in 2012, Dunn founded Little Will-E Records. On April 8, 2014, Ronnie Dunn released his second solo album, Peace, Love, and Country Music through his own Little Will-E Records.
by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | November 7, 2016
Ronnie Dunn Stays True to Himself With New Album, “Tattooed Heart”
If you want to hear some good old-fashion country music again, you can pick up Ronnie Dunn’s brand-new album, Tattooed Heart, on Friday (Nov. 11). The “Damn Drunk” singer is releasing his third solo album, and while he may have some songs on the album that are different for him, you can bet you know what you’re getting.
“I never feel the need to keep up with trends or to push myself out of my comfort zone just to stay relevant,” said Ronnie. “If I have to go to that point, I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to record a song that I actually don’t, in some way, like in some way, shape, or form. It’s kind of that simple.”
But that’s not to say that Ronnie hasn’t challenged himself on the
new album with songs like “Young Buck” or a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Tattooed Heart.”
“I may waiver off from that standard Brooks & Dunn traditional honky-tonk sound that we did for a long time, but that’s just part of it. I mean you have to go and explore different areas, but I’m not going to dive off into something that I don’t want to do.”
by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | September 2, 2016
The Wait Is Almost Over: Ronnie Dunn Previews Music From New Album, “Tattooed
The weather in Nashville started to cool down last night (Sept. 1), but the heat in Ronnie Dunn’s barn began to rise when the legendary singer invited industry friends over for cocktails and a sampling of his upcoming album, Tattooed Heart.
Due out Oct. 21, Tattooed Heart is the singer’s third solo album, following the 2011 release of his self-titled debut album and the 2014 release of Peace, Love and Country Music.
The night kicked off with a modest Ronnie Dunn addressing the intimate crowd. “You don’t have to stand her and just listen, you can walk around and enjoy the food,” he told the guests as he played songs from the album over the speakers.
Not wanting to “bore” the crowd, as if that was even remotely possible, Ronnie sampled a handful of songs, including his current single, “Damn Drunk,” “I Worship the Woman You Walked On,” “Young Buck” and the Ariana Grande song and title track, “Tattooed Heart.” With a laugh, he told partygoers to grab a CD on their way out and listen to the whole thing in their cars.
The event, held in Ronnie Dunn’s barn—when I say barn, I mean a gorgeous decked-out structure nicer than most people’s homes complete with antler chandelier—saw industry insiders noshing on corn fritters, tequila-lime shrimp, egg rolls and the pièce de résistance, chocolate avocado pudding cups. Be sure and pick up a copy of Tattooed Heart on Oct. 21, but for now enjoy Ronnie’s current single, “Damn Drunk,” featuring his former duo partner, Kix Brooks.
Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dunn was born in Coleman, Texas, and attended 13 schools in his first 12 years of school. He began school in New Mexico and finished his formal education at Abilene Christian University in 1975 as a psychology major. When he began playing bass guitar and singing with bands in clubs in the Abilene, Texas, area, the university gave him the choice of either quitting the band or the university. He chose to leave the university and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a chance at the country music scene. He lived there for many years while drawing much inspiration from local honky tonks such as Tulsa City Limits, which is prominently featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn's hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie". While he was in college, he served as a music and youth minister at Avoca Baptist Church in Avoca, Texas.
Brooks & Dunn
Ronnie began his musical career as a solo artist. He charted two minor singles with Churchill/MCA Records: in 1983 he released "It's Written All Over Your Face", and in 1984, "She Put the Sad in All His Songs". In 1990, he and Kix Brooks formed Brooks & Dunn. In 1991 they released their first album, Brand New Man, certified 6x platinum by the RIAA. Brooks & Dunn released 12 studio albums, two greatest hits albums, and a Christmas album.
Brooks & Dunn sold over 30 million records, had 20 number one singles on Billboard, and were one of the most consistently successful acts on the concert circuit. In 2009, they announced that they would disband in 2010.
On December 3, 2014 it was announced that Brooks & Dunn would reunite along with Reba McEntire to perform a series of concerts throughout the summer and fall of 2015.
2011–12: Debut Solo Album and departure from Sony
In late 2010, Dunn announced that he was working on a solo album. The album's first single, "Bleed Red", was released to country radio on January 29, 2011, and debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending February 19, 2011 and ended as a Top 10, his first of his solo career. Dunn's self-titled album Ronnie Dunn was released on June 7, 2011. The second single from the album, "Cost of Livin'", was released on June 6, 2011, and debuted at number 56 on the country chart. It peaked at number 19, followed by "Let the Cowboy Rock" at number 31.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums, as well as number 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 45,000 copies in its first week in the US.
In June 2012 Ronnie Dunn took to social media to ask his fans what the fourth single on the album should be. Shortly after, Ronnie got a call from the executives at Sony Music saying that his "fb post killed the "Let The Cowboy Rock" single. He then requested for radio to start playing "Once" as the next single. Before the song could be released to radio as a single, he was released from the label.
2013–14: Little Will-E Records and Peace, Love, and Country Music
In March 2013, Ronnie Dunn previewed the song "Country This" on Sound Cloud. On June 4, 2013, Ronnie released the two new tracks, "Country This" and "Kiss You There", exclusively on iTunes. The songs were each previewed for a month on The Highway on Sirius XM.
On July 9, 2013, Dunn announced his new record deal, a joint effort between HitShop Records and his own label Little Will-E Records with HitShop executing radio promotion while Dunn retains personal brand control. The lead off single for his second solo album, "Kiss You There", was released to country radio on July 29, 2013. After an unsuccessful run with "Kiss You There", Dunn and HitShop Records parted ways.
On November 19, 2013, Dunn released the second single from the forthcoming album, "Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes". In January 2014 Dunn also released "Grown Damn Man" as a promotional single from the second solo album. The album, Peace, Love and Country Music, was released on April 8, 2014.
2014–present: Nash Icon record deal and Tattooed Heart
On December 1, 2014, Ronnie Dunn began to speculate on his Facebook page that he had signed with the newest imprint of Big Machine Label Group, NASH Icon, but the label never confirmed nor denied. On January 12, 2015, President of Big Machine Scott Borchetta officially announced that Dunn had joined Reba McEntire and Martina McBride making him the third artist to join the roster. Borchetta stated in a press release "Ronnie Dunn has one of the smoothest, most-recognized and most-popular voices of the last twenty five years in Country music. I’m truly honored to have him join us and take his rightful place as an Icon. Great music is on the way." Dunn also commented in the article saying "This is the best possible scenario that I can imagine. The Big Machine and Cumulus combination is a force, and I am proud to be included in this innovative venture". The press release went on to announce Ronnie Dunn was about to hit the studio to record what is now his third solo album and that the lead off single of the album was released in early spring of 2015.
The lead off single for Ronnie's third solo album, "Ain't No Trucks In Texas", was released on July 17, 2015. On April 22, 2016, Ronnie Dunn announced the second single, "Damn Drunk", on his Facebook page. The song was released August 5, 2016. On August 22, Ronnie Dunn announced that the title of his upcoming third solo album will be Tattooed Heart and that it will release on October 21, 2016.
Ronnie Dunn has over 15 Grammy nominations, has won 24 Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Million-Airplay awards and BMI Country Music Songwriter of the Year in 1996 and 2001. He has received more than 27 ACM awards, winning Top Vocal Duo every year since 1991 except for 2000 when the honor went to Montgomery Gentry and 2007 and 2009 when the honor went to Sugarland, including three Entertainer of the Year awards and vocal event of the year in 2005, for their hit "Building Bridges" with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow's background vocals, along with his Single of the Year for his gospel song "Believe." He is a member of the Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas Music Halls of Fame. Brooks and Dunn have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music. Dunn was also the National Anthem singer before Game 3 of the 2011 World Series in Arlington, Texas.