How did you come up with the
idea of doing a Brooks & Dunn Tribute show?
“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 is history.”
the hardest part of pulling this act off?
“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.
your favorite all-time Brooks & Dunn song?
“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 one of the only times Kix &
Ronnie have shared lead vocals on a true duet, the music is very powerful and
the lyrics tell a great story.”
“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.”