Release Date: Jun 7, 2011
Record label: Arista
Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Neo-Traditionalist Country
Brooks & Dunn were the most successful duo of all time, selling millions of records with each release and selling out arenas with each tour. They won more awards than any other country duo in the genre’s history. They became their own brand. They had a logo, a distinct musical quality and feel, and had the talent, skill, and showmanship to back it up.
Some four years after Brooks & Dunn called it quits with 2007’s Cowboy Town, Ronnie Dunn headed out on his own with an eponymous solo album. Dunn’s split with Brooks contained very little bad blood, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Ronnie Dunn sounds quite a bit like latter-day Brooks & Dunn; the only missing thing is the cowboy swagger, which is swapped out for a predilection for pop. This fondness for the sweet stuff is somewhat camouflaged by a production that has a pretense of grit but is not adverse to running Ronnie through Auto-Tune just so everything stays nice and smooth.
After ending his successful two decade run as part of country music duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has released his eagerly awaited solo album, and the result was well worth the 20-year wait. Dunn has dug deeper into his formidable songwriting skills and created an album markedly different than anything found in previous Brooks & Dunn fare. Helming production duties himself, Dunn also wrote or co-wrote nine of the highly anticipated album’s ten tracks with some of Nashville’s heavyweight writers (Craig Wiseman, David Lee Murphy, and Terry McBride) and Dunn himself has called the album “the most important record of my life.
RONNIE DUNN “Ronnie Dunn” (Arista Nashville) For 20 years, it would appear, Ronnie Dunn was in a kind of jail. As half of the multiplatinum country act Brooks & Dunn he was that duo’s center, its conscience. But half isn’t quite a majority, and often Brooks & Dunn was a partnership that felt like a marriage of convenience. The pair’s mesmerizing 2005 single, “Believe,” was Mr.