Ronnie Dunn recently announced his 5th solo studio album, 100 Proof Neon, that’s slated to drop sometime this summer.
And he’s bringing in a very special guest for one of the songs… his fellow Texas native, Parker McCollum.
Back in November, Parker posted a photo with Ronnie saying they had collaborated on a song, but didn’t give any other specifics as to what project of Ronnie’s it would be for exactly.
We now know that it is a song for 100 Proof Neon, as he recently confirmed on the Whiskey Riff Raff podcast that Parker would be featured on this tracklist:
“There’s one with Jake Worthington, and Parker McCollum… we had a great time. I liked doing it… cool stuff.”
That is, quite literally, music to my ears.
Ronnie said before that the whole album was inspired by little honky tonks and beer joints in Texas and Oklahoma, and that you’ll be able to hear that iconic late ’80s and ’90s country sound that his duo, Brooks & Dunn, are known for:
“It’s just all that stuff that I played coming through the bars, you know, in Oklahoma, Texas, that if you were to look at the song, you would go, it’s got a good beat; I can dance to it.”
And of course, if you’re a fan of real, traditional country (especially ’90s country), this record promises to be one of the best of 2022.
Funny enough, Ronnie also told People that his wife said the album actually had too much “neon” and honky tonk flavor to it when she heard all the songs the first time, but luckily for us, Ronnie doesn’t believe that’s even possible:
“It’s funny. We wrote an entire album and I took it home and played it for my wife and she was like, ‘Every other song is ‘neon,’ and told me I can’t do that.
I told her, ‘Actually, I can, because I love the music and the beer joints and the bars and I miss that world, musically.'”
God bless him for that.
I couldn’t be any more excited to hear the whole thing, and he just released the lead single, a honky tonk heater called “Broken Neon Hearts”, that you’re definitely gonna want to check out if you haven’t yet: