It's been almost half a year since Brooks & Dunn played their final show together, in Nashville, to a crowd of raucous but sad fans. However, in that relatively short period of time, Ronnie Dunn has already planted his feet firmly as a solo artist.
In addition to his inclusion on the Country Strong soundtrack (which came out last October), Dunn just cut his first official solo single, "Bleed Red," which was released to radio on Monday. It's doing great--in fact, it's the most-added new song of the week, according to industry publications Country Aircheck and Billboard.
Dunn told the Associated Press on Tuesday that being on his own is "refreshing." He's targeting a summer release for his full-length solo debut (no title has been named yet), saying "This is the record I've waited all my life to do."
Dunn plans to try out some of his new material in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held April 3. He'll officially be performing "Bleed Red" at the ceremonies, and might debut some more music prior to the show at the event's Fremont Street Experience, a kickoff concert held in Vegas's historic downtown area.
As for what former musical partner Kix Brooks thinks of Dunn's new endeavors? Sounds like he approves. Brooks tweeted an enthusiastic message to Dunn this week: "Congrats to Ronnie for a big first week with his new single--looking forward to bragging about ya on ACC--should come on the chart next week!"
By "ACC," Brooks is referring to American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, the syndicated radio program he has been hosting for several years.
If you haven't heard Dunn's new single on the radio yet, you can go to his official website to hear the song in its entirety. The site also features a trailer video of him performing the tune, which will be available for purchase on February 8.
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