14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After ending a 20-year tenure on Arista that began with his hitmaking duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn released his most personal album ever, Peace Love and Country Music. While his self-titled debut solo outing hewed a bit closer to the sound he'd established with his old partner Kix Brooks, the follow-up, though not wildly divergent, gets simultaneously rougher around the edges and more introspective. On his first release as a sexagenarian, Dunn shows that maturity means a lot more than just getting older, especially on the anthemic "Grown Damn Man" and the wistful "I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes." He also happens to rock harder than ever, on "Country This," a long-overdue takedown of country artists who try too hard to play the down-home card. On "Let's Get the Beer Joint Rockin'" and "Country Music in Texas," Dunn shows off his own honky-tonking barroom bona fides, and his cover of the classic "You Don't Know Me" tellingly taps into not only the old-school country roots of the Eddy Arnold original but also the soulful splendor of the famous Ray Charles version.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After ending a 20-year tenure on Arista that began with his hitmaking duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn released his most personal album ever, Peace Love and Country Music. While his self-titled debut solo outing hewed a bit closer to the sound he'd established with his old partner Kix Brooks, the follow-up, though not wildly divergent, gets simultaneously rougher around the edges and more introspective. On his first release as a sexagenarian, Dunn shows that maturity means a lot more than just getting older, especially on the anthemic "Grown Damn Man" and the wistful "I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes." He also happens to rock harder than ever, on "Country This," a long-overdue takedown of country artists who try too hard to play the down-home card. On "Let's Get the Beer Joint Rockin'" and "Country Music in Texas," Dunn shows off his own honky-tonking barroom bona fides, and his cover of the classic "You Don't Know Me" tellingly taps into not only the old-school country roots of the Eddy Arnold original but also the soulful splendor of the famous Ray Charles version.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings
93 Ratings
Country Music Lover_KY ,

Peace Love and Country Music

Thank you Ronnie Dunn for staying true to country music. Love it and love you! Thank you not being a sale out!! I don't care what Nashville says, we want our COUNTRY music back!!!!

shaunb76 ,

Ronnie Dunn knows Country music like no other!!!

Ronnie Dunn is undoubtably in the top 3 of best country music singers. He has a style like no other. if you havent got his first release,Ronnie Dunn, youve gotta get it. im still rockin it out on a daily basis. and as far as this album, if you heard the early releases, i dont have to tell you this is a must have. im checking the calender daily eonddering if ill ever get to the release date. RD we love you here in Deep East Texas. Thank you for all you do!! Peace Love and Country Music!!!

daddymention ,

There won't be a better country record this year!

Already purchased 4 of the songs and heard another. Let me tell you that it's fantastic! I just can't understand why country radio is not in love with Ronnie anymore...especially when he's better than ever! I can't wait for the release of the full record!

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