Ronnie Dunn Releases ‘Re-Dunn’ Covers Album

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A contender for the best play on words ever featured here! Ronnie Dunn has made a covers album and the title tells you all you need to know…

It’s been a busy and highly successful 12 months for Brooks & Dunn. Their ‘Reboot’ album was critically and commercially accepted by the country music family and they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Their collaboration with Luke Combs on ‘Brand New Man’ has been nominated for a Grammy, and they have just announced their first nationwide US tour in over 10 years.

There were hopes that they would fill the “legends” slot at this year’s C2C, but that seems to have been wishful thinking.

Ronnie Dunn has now released a 24-track solo covers album, covering songs that he has adored throughout his long career. “This is a passion project for me. If you put together a group of songs that define the soundtrack of my life, this what it would look like”

The songs and songwriters are diverse and not entirely country. Harold Melvin’s ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, 10CC’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ and ELO’s ‘Showdown’ are not obvious covers for a traditional country artist.

The back story is interesting. Big Machine, Dunn’s label, wanted him to partake in an experiment whereby he would record covers of 4 classic rock songs for release on streaming services only. Studio time was arranged for Ronnie and a group of top session musicians to record the tracks.

However, he didn’t stop at 4. When he had recorded 12, he called BMG to provide an update. We guess that when you are Ronnie Dunn, the powers that be show a degree of flexibility! The recordings ceased at 24, and they are now included on the ‘Re-Dunn’ album.

From our UK angle, it’s gratifying that so many home songwriters are featured. Paul Carrack, Jeff Lynne, Eric Clapton, Godley/Creme.

We’ll leave the last words to Mr Dunn – “I did this for the singer in me. I stepped off the stage, took a seat as a fan and let the songs carry the show”

Track list:

 1.“Amarillo by Morning” — (Terry Stafford)
2. “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” — (The Hollies)
3. “That’s How I Got to Memphis” — (Tom T. Hall)
4. “It Never Rains In Southern California” — (Albert Hammond)
5. “How Long” — (Paul Carrack)
6. “Drinkin’ Thing” — (Gary Stewart)
7. “Together Again” — (Buck Owens)
8. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” — (the Eagles)
9. “Against The Wind” — (Bob Seger)
10. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” — (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
11. “I Won’t Back Down” — (Tom Petty)
12. “Cowboy Rides Away” — (George Strait)
13. “Showdown” — (Electric Light Orchestra)
14. “Wonderful Tonight” — (Eric Clapton)
15. “Ashes By Now” — (Rodney Crowell)
16. “That’s The Way Love Goes” — (Johnny Rodriguez)
17. “I’m Not In Love” — (10cc)
18. “Brown Eyed Girl” — (Van Morrison)
19. “You Don’t Know Me” — (Eddy Arnold)
20. “Ridin’ My Thumb To Mexico” — (Johnny Rodriguez)
21. “A Showman’s Life” — (Jesse Winchester)
22. “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” — (Danny O’Keefe)
23. “Amie” — (Pure Prairie League)
24. “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” — (Hank Williams)

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