COUNTRY THIS: Ronnie Dunn’s Boot Mischief

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Ronnie Dunn is a country music singer and songwriter. For years he was the dominant voice of the duo Brooks and Dunn, which holds the record for most awarded act in the history of country music. Dunn’s second solo album, Peace Love and Country Music will be released April 8th. In these COUNTRY THIS posts Ronnie Dunn shares, in his own words, stories about his life and music.

True story about those boots. A couple of years after that picture was taken we moved to Eldorado, Arkansas. I was probably five years old. My parents rented a house situated almost exactly between both grandparents. They lived less than a city block apart. The house had a detached clapboard open door garage with a large Southern Oak tree that slumped over it. The shade from the tree made it feel ominous and forbidden in a mysterious way.

I was apparently drawn to mischief at an early age.

Inside and along the unpainted side walls were open storage shelves. I found a can of mint green paint and ended up painting the boots. My dad was recovering from a lung scarring caused by a bout with double pneumonia. He was originally misdiagnosed with tuberculosis but that’s another story, maybe. He was ill for almost a year and took on the role of day-watch parent while my mother worked as a bank teller.

I walked into the house with my new green boots. He asked what happened and I told him that two big guys came in from out of nowhere, held me down and painted my boots.

That didn’t fly!

It was the first spanking that I remember getting. He was good to explain to me that it wasn’t for painting the boots, it was for telling a lie.

The tough part was that he got double barrel grief from both grandmothers. That was the down side of being stuck between two strong willed, overly protective grandmothers. Poor guy didn’t stand a chance with the women folk, but what man does?

He did the right thing and it was a memorable lesson for me.

Wish I had those boots today!

He died in 1986 at the age of sixty-two from emphysema accelerated by forty plus years of smoking.

He was the stereotypical Marlboro Man.

His dream was to become a country music singer.

Two years later, in 1988 I won the National Marlboro Talent Round Up and went on to live his dream.

~RD

Image Source: Ronnie Dunn

We’re celebrating the release of Ronnie Dunn’s latest solo album, Peace Love and Country Music, available April 8th. 

“Music is the soundtrack to life. Enticing visuals are just as important. When and if the two come together in harmony, good things happen. I believe that the music that I make has to depict an honest representation of who I am. How I live and my life experiences come together to define the songs that I write and record. In a perfect world, I would capture the visual with the sound track. The people at Country Outfitter are helping achieve that goal.” ~Ronnie Dunn