The weather in Nashville started to cool down last night (Sept. 1), but the heat in Ronnie Dunn’s barn began to rise when the legendary singer invited industry friends over for cocktails and a sampling of his upcoming album, Tattooed Heart.
Due out Oct. 21, Tattooed Heart is the singer’s third solo album, following the 2011 release of his self-titled debut album and the 2014 release of Peace, Love and Country Music.
The night kicked off with a modest Ronnie Dunn addressing the intimate crowd. “You don’t have to stand her and just listen, you can walk around and enjoy the food,” he told the guests as he played songs from the album over the speakers.
Not wanting to “bore” the crowd, as if that was even remotely possible, Ronnie sampled a handful of songs, including his current single, “Damn Drunk,” “I Worship the Woman You Walked On,” “Young Buck” and the Ariana Grande song and title track, “Tattooed Heart.” With a laugh, he told partygoers to grab a CD on their way out and listen to the whole thing in their cars.
The event, held in Ronnie Dunn’s barn—when I say barn, I mean a gorgeous decked-out structure nicer than most people’s homes complete with antler chandelier—saw industry insiders noshing on corn fritters, tequila-lime shrimp, egg rolls and the pièce de résistance, chocolate avocado pudding cups.
Be sure and pick up a copy of Tattooed Heart on Oct. 21, but for now enjoy Ronnie’s current single, “Damn Drunk,” featuring his former duo partner, Kix Brooks.
Tattooed Heart Tracklisting with songwriters:
1. “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” | Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher
2. “Damn Drunk” with Kix Brooks | Liz Hengber, Alex Kline, Ben Stennis
3. “I Worship the Woman You Walked On” | Bob DiPiero, Mitzi Dawn Jenkins, Tony Mullins
4. “That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels” | Jim Collins, Tom Hambridge, Tony Martin
5. “I Put That There” | Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton
6. “Young Buck” | Jaren Johnston, Jeremy Stover
7. “I Wanna Love Like That Again” | Ronnie Dunn
8 .“Still Feels Like Mexico” featuring Reba McEntire | Tommy Lee James, Jon Randall
9. “Tattooed Heart” | Antonio Dixon, Kenneth Edmonds, Sean Forman, Ariana Grande, Matt Squire, Leon Thomas, Khristopher Van Riddick Tynes
10. “This Old Heart” | Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton
11. “Only Broken Heart in San Antone” | Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens
12. “She Don’t Honky Tonk No More” | Ronnie Dunn, Nikki Fernandez, Andrew Rollin
Photo by Lisa Konicki