Ronnie Dunn exhibits a serious case of denial with his just-released single, “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas.” Produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, and penned by veteran writers Wendell Mobley, Tony Martin and Neil Thrasher, the tune is Dunn’s debut for the Nash Icon label, a new partnership which the singer-songwriter first announced late last year.
While he’s obviously just kidding himself by reflecting that there “ain’t no stars in California, Memphis never had the blues, there ain’t no trucks in trucks in Texas and I ain’t missin’ you,” few country singers deliver bitterness and regret with the conflicted conviction Dunn expresses in the new track, even though it’s one the multi-award-winning songwriter didn’t have a hand in composing for the new project.
“It has been great to be back in the studio and writing new songs,” Dunn says. “I am really excited for everyone to hear the music. I loved ‘Ain’t No Trucks in Texas’ the minute I heard it, and think fans will, too.”
Noting his excitement about the new music, Dunn adds that he has even more to look forward to in the coming months and he and his former Brooks & Dunn partner, Kix Brooks and superstar Reba McEntire will resume their “Together in Vegas” residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 1st.
“Honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had, and I’ve played some some cliffhangers over the years,” Dunn says. “The production, the sound, the crowds are all beyond anything I had imagined, and I’m looking forward to the future dates.”
With the residency at the 4,300-seat theater well underway – and a rousing success for all three participants – any lingering rumors of acrimony between longtime duo partner Brooks and Dunn, who “retired” in 2010, have certainly been put to rest. At the time the concert series was announced last December, Dunn told Rolling Stone Country, “There’s never been hate or discord. We’ve never not been friends.”
“Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” is available on iTunes and all digital retailers.