Ronnie Dunn will release his new album Tattooed Heart on November 11th. Titled after his cover of an Ariana Grande song (a track suggested by his daughter), the LP finds the country legend doing what he does best: delivering clever, relatable lyrics in one of the most recognizable, esteemed voices in any genre of music.
But Dunn isn’t just resting on his laurels; he’s well aware of what it takes to hang with the contemporary country radio kids. So he’s coupled his brand of twangy country with fresh production — courtesy of Rascal Flatts multi-instrumentalist Jay DeMarcus.
“I was a little pessimistic at first,” Dunn tells Rolling Stone Country of his initial conversation with his record label about having DeMarcus produce. “I didn’t know where he was gonna take it. And I caught myself just sitting back more than I have in a long time in the studio and watching it go down. . . And the end result, just song by song, I’m going, ‘Man, this guy’s good!’ He’s gonna be a cat. He already is. But he’s gonna be a producer.”
Tattooed Heart’s first single is the infectious “Damn Drunk,” a collaboration with his Brooks & Dunn partner, Kix Brooks. Another old friend on the album’s credits is Reba, who swaps lyrics with Dunn on “Still Feels Like Mexico.” The album is available for pre-order now.
Dunn, Brooks and Reba have extended their Las Vegas residency together well into 2017, with more dates to officially be added to their Caesar’s Palace shows soon.