Q&A: Ronnie Lee
How did you come up with the idea of doing a Brooks
& Dunn Tribute show?
Ronnie: “This project is fueled by a
tremendous love and respect for the music. I’ve been a big fan of Brooks &
Dunn since day one, and I’ve been singing most of this material for
years…I’m extremely flattered when folks tell me I sound like Ronnie Dunn,
because he’s one of the best vocalists in Country Music history. I’ve been
out on the town and people yell ‘Ronnie!’ and I turn around, (‘cause that
really is my name), and they’ll tap their buddy on the shoulder and say
‘See, I told you it was Ronnie Dunn!’ But lightning really struck me when I
saw the ‘Honky Tonk Truth’ video, and Dale Earnhardt was impersonating Kix.
I thought to myself, all I need to do is find somebody who looks like Dale and
sings like Kix and I could do this! Then I met Joey a few years ago and the rest
Q: What’s the
hardest part of pulling this act off?
Ronnie: “The voice. Sounding like someone is
one thing, but actually delivering these songs with the heart and soul that
Ronnie Dunn puts into every line is a real challenge. And not just singing, but
my speaking voice too, because I want to stay in character when I talk to the
audience between songs.”
what’s the easiest part of pulling this off?
Ronnie: “The response we get from the public,
fans, and just about everybody is SO positive that it really fires us up. People
love Brooks & Dunn, and those same people really seem to enjoy what we’re
doing, so it’s usually a slam-dunk. And the hair…my hair kind of naturally
does the Ronnie Dunn rooster thing in front…”
Q: What’s your
favorite all-time Brooks & Dunn song?
Ronnie: “Obviously you’re talking to a
hard-core fan here, so that’s a tough call…but I have a special love for
“Born & Raised In Black & White” from the ‘If You See Her’
album. It’s the only time Kix & Ronnie have shared lead vocals on a true
duet, the music is very powerful and the lyrics tell a great story.”
Q: Any last
Ronnie: “I want to dedicate this project to
my Mom…she would have loved this. She would always come out to the honky tonks
to hear me sing and she’d yell “Brooks & Dunn! Sing ‘Hard Workin’
Man’!” That was her favorite Brooks & Dunn song, and now when I sing it
I look up to heaven and know she’s listening to us.”