Reporting Tom Mailey
Starting over can seem like a great way to re-invent yourself, and oftentimes, it is. But you would think going into a second career might be a little bit easier because of all the experience that’s already been accumulated. It helps, but it’s still hard work.
As one-half of the most successful music duet of all time, Brooks and Dunn, Ronnie Dunn spent two decades playing to sold out stadiums across the US and around the world. Their songs have been played over sixty million times on the radio. Ronnie’s voice is one of the most recognizable in all of country music. But since he and Kix Brooks split to each try their hand at solo careers, Ronnie has had to go back to the basics.
“It’s nothing like I thought it would be” he told KNCI’s Pat and Tom in a recent interview. “I think I naively popped off when we started making this solo record that maybe if they give me a year, I’ll get a hit or two under my belt… now I look back on that and go ‘you idiot’.”
He has had one bona-fide hit, “Bleed Red” but the follow up, “Cost of Living”, despite its powerful message, stalled out on the country music charts. “It’s truly like starting over”, Ronnie admits. He says a concert promoter told him recently about another well-known singer who left an established act to head out on his own, “I’m not making any comparisons,” Dunn prefaces, “But (the promoter) he said ‘we had McCartney up here’ when he first left and he was with his band in a van”. That would be Paul McCartney, and the act he left of course was the Beatles.
Ronnie says going solo has been a learning experience but adds that he’s having a blast, and enjoys re-connecting with fans on a more intimate level. Sacramento fans can re-connect with Ronnie on August 19th: he’s headlining this year’s KNCI Country in the Park.
Listen to the full interview here:
-Tom Mailey / CBS Local