Ronnie Dunn’s forthcoming solo covers project, Re-Dunn, happened by chance. While rehearsing several rock songs earlier this year for a Spotify session, none of the musicians wanted to quit playing. Dunn and the band continued recording additional classic rock songs before the project halted to work on Brooks & Dunn’s latest album Reboot.

“It’s a passion project,” Dunn tells Billboard. “We laugh and call it ‘Dunn For Fun.’ There’s really not much rhyme or reason other than these are songs that I have on playlists and have been around forever.”

Initially planned as a rock covers project, Dunn had recorded more than two dozen songs early in the process. However, once he finished work on Reboot he decided to throw his favorite country songs into the mix as well.

“I said, ‘That was so much fun. Let’s do a country thing.’ So we ended up doing 12 or 13 country songs, different covers,” he says. “Some of them are old school but others are fairly contemporary like, ‘That’s How I Got to Memphis’ and ‘Amarillo By Morning.’ These are songs I played in clubs and the soundtrack of what I’ve listened to all my life.”

Today (Sept. 6), Dunn released two covers featured on the project, “Amarillo By Morning” written and released by Terry Stafford in 1973 and later made famous by George Strait in 1983, and The Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress).” Each month ahead of Re-Dunn’s release in January 2020, Dunn will unveil another country and rock cover from the project.

Dunn used to cover “Amarillo By Morning” when he was starting out as a musician in college. As he explains, he’d often play weekend gigs at local VFWs with pickup bands. “At the time, that song was a regional hit in west Texas where I was going to school by an artist named Terry Stafford,” he says. “This is way before Strait cut it. Later in the ‘80s when George did his thing, I’m going, ‘Wow! We used to do that song in cover bands years ago.’”


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