THIS is the kind of music I want to wake up to on a Friday morning.
Ronnie Dunnjust dropped a brand new single, “Broken Neon Hearts,” and it’s straight up honky tonk heater, written by Ronnie himself along with Matt Willis and Thomas Perkins.
And the best part about it?
It’s the very beginning of much more to come. Ronnie announced on his Instagram that it’s the first song off an upcoming project, 100 Proof Neon, that will pull from that signature 80’s and 90’s country sound we all know and love from Brooks & Dunn.
According to Billboard, Ronnie recently announced his new publishing company, Perfect Pitch Publishing, so it will be a lot easier for the country legend to continue doing projects like this going forward.
He says it’s been a long time coming, and that this is an album he’s always wanted to make:
“This is the start of a project that I’ve wanted to make for a long time.
I purposely reached for a late 80’s / 90’s Country… honky tonks, whiskey, neon lights, lost love, looking for love… twin fiddles, steel guitars, and string bending telecasters. 100% Neon.”
He noted that this song sets the tone for the sound of the whole record, and that he was inspired by small honky tonks in Texas and Oklahoma where the goal was to get people out dancing on the hardwood:
“The world of music that I come from revolves on two-steppers, waltzes and shuffles.
Back in those bars and clubs in Oklahoma and Texas, if you didn’t get them to dance, you couldn’t keep your job and I don’t want to lose that.
It worked for me in the day, and it still does, so I’m good with doing that.”
I couldn’t be more excited to hear the rest of the songs on the tracklist…
With all the fun little vocal changes in the chorus and steel guitar on this track, it reminds me of a much more upbeat and lively version of “Neon Moon”.