"Peace Love and Country Music" by Ronnie Dunn on iTunes

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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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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

92 Ratings

Here's to the 2nd album from Ronnie Dunn

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I'm super excited to hear the rest of this album. What I have heard, & purchased here is spectacular. Always have, always will be, a fan of Ronnie Dunn's music and writing.

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About Ronnie Dunn

Bass player and vocalist Ronnie Dunn (born Ronnie Gene Dunn) joined Louisiana-born Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks to create the most successful country music duo of the 1990s. Their debut album, Brand New Man, released in 1991, sold more than six million copies, while their first two singles -- "Brand New Man" and "My Next Broken Heart," their first songwriting collaborations, reached the top position on Billboard's country music charts. In addition to 20 chart-topping tunes, they've placed an additional 21 songs in the Top Ten. The recipients of Entertainer of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1996, and the Academy of Country Music in 1995 and 1996, Brooks & Dunn shared Duo of the Year honors from the CMA for eight consecutive years, and from the ACM for seven consecutive years (their non-consecutive wins place the total even higher and they are the most awarded act in The Academy of Country Music's history).

The son of a country music enthusiast, Dunn was born in Coleman, Texas, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Playing in bands since his teens, he briefly studied psychology and theology at Abilene Christian College. Expelled from the school for "performing in honky tonks," he continued to attract attention with his Tulsa nightclub performances. Although Dunn recorded several tunes for Churchill Records in 1983 and 1984, none provided a breakthrough. He fared much better four years later, when an appearance in the Marlboro National Country Music talent contest led to an opportunity to record in Nashville. Brought together with Brooks, who despite writing songs for Crystal Gayle and the Oak Ridge Boys had found little success with his own recordings (by Tim DuBois), Dunn finally discovered a formula for success.

Brooks & Dunn’s 1991 debut, Brand New Man, was a hit out of the gate, launching a career that proved to be one of the most successful in contemporary country music. Ronnie Dunn played with Kix Brooks for nearly two decades, and during that time they were always at the top of the country charts, racking up an astonishing 20 number one singles during that time. The duo announced an amicable split in 2009 followed by a farewell tour in 2010. Dunn was the first of the pair to launch a solo career, releasing a self-produced eponymous solo album in the summer of 2011. Ronnie Dunn debuted at number one on the U.S. country charts and had a Top Ten single in "Bleed Red." Dunn's 2014 album, Peace, Love and Country Music, didn't make any waves -- neither of its singles cracked the Billboard Top 40 -- so he switched to Nash Icon in 2016, releasing the album Tattooed Heart in November of that year. ~ Craig Harris

  • ORIGIN
    Coleman, TX
  • BORN
    Jun 1, 1953

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