SONGS ON THE ALBUM FEATURE PLENTY CO-WRITTEN BY RONNIE HIMSELF.
Alanna Conaway | Published: May 16, 2014
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It has been two years since Ronnie Dunn has released new music for his fans. But now the former Brooks & Dunn member is back with a new collection of songs titled Peace Love and Country Music.
Ronnie gave fans a taste of the new music when he released the song “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes” to iTunes earlier this year.
“When that song came to me, it was pitched from Charles [Kelley] from Lady Antebellum,” Ronnie tells Country Weekly. “One of the writers on the song is Luke Laird, who is one of my favorite guys. My daughter used to date Luke. I didn’t even know he was a songwriter. He has gone on to do really well, so it’s been fun to see his success. But that song is one of those special songs that I feel is Grammy worthy, whether it gets it or not.”
As for the remaining songs, some were co-written by Ronnie himself, and others by some of the finest tunesmiths in Nashville. “I write quite a bit,” notes Ronnie.
One thing Ronnie will not be doing quite a bit of this year, however, is touring. Ronnie is taking the advice of good friend and husband of fellow superstar Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock, deciding to play only select dates throughout the year to spend more time at home.
“This year we had like 65 or 70 dates on the calendar, all lined up,” explains Ronnie. “It was kind of feeling like the same ol’, same ol’. It’s like what can I do to beat what I’ve already done? Narvel said, ‘Why don’t you just back off? Why don’t you stop and be still and see what happens.’ He said, ‘Any time we’ve caught ourselves being frustrated over the years, we have encouraged Reba to stop and sit back. Inevitably something drops out of the sky.’”
Ronnie has already played a few shows this year, including two opening on George Strait’s final tour. As far as the rest of the year? Not even Ronnie knows.
For more on Ronnie and his new album, pick up the May 26 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.