According to sources familiar with the matter, former Brooks & Dunn singer Ronnie Dunn is showing the utmost maturity and class in his attempts to get a hitmaking solo career off the ground.
“To me, the remarkable thing about Ronnie,” said one Music Row insider, “is that he has not become bitter. If anyone would have an uncompromised position from which to unhypocritically call out the sorry state of the industry, it’d be the guy who brought songs like ‘Hillbilly Deluxe’ and ‘Put a Girl In It’ to air. Yet Ronnie doesn’t choose that route. He holds himself to a higher standard and doesn’t indulge in the sorts of conspiracy theories that we sometimes see with older artists.”
Contacted for comment, Dunn offered: “What am I going to do? Suddenly, as soon as the tides of commerce turn against me, start complaining about the very machinations that allowed me to sustain a 20-year career with a guy I’d been thrown together with for marketing reasons? Even though the broken features of the music business I complain about are the same ones that kept my old duo on the top through long artistic fallow periods? That would just be ugly.” Dunn added that it would be equally ludicrous for him to post long Facebook rants about how he is planning to revolutionize the entire music industry by starting his own label, and much more so to get a forearm tattoo reading ‘Cowboy.’