Ronnie Dunn is the latest country artist to find inspiration from the pop charts. He’s just announced a brand new solo album, Tattooed Heart, which is set for release on Oct. 21.
If you happen to be a fan of pop starlet Ariana Grande, the title may sound a little familiar. Yes, Dunn has actually covered one of the tracks from the 23-year-old’s 2013 debut album, Yours Truly. Grande’s version of the song features an obvious doo-wop vibe, and even describes the desire to “go steady” in 1950s fashion. It may seem like an odd choice for a country cover, but its one that he says was inspired by a mixture of experimentation and his family’s influence.
“I had a lot of fun making this album. Jay and I really clicked in the studio and we were both really proud of the final product,” Dunn said in a statement. “I branched out of my comfort zone while writing and listening to a ton of music. At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album.”
So will this crossover connect with country fans? Only time will tell. Until then, you can enjoy Dunn’s lead single, “Damn Drunk,” which features his former bandmate Kix Brooks.
Ronnie Dunn’s Tattooed Heart Track Listing:
1. “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” (Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher)
2. “Damn Drunk” with Kix Brooks (Liz Hengber, Alex Kline, Ben Stennis)
3. “I Worship the Woman You Walked On” (Bob DiPiero, Mitzi Dawn Jenkins, Tony Mullins)
4. “That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels” (Jim Collins, Tom Hambridge, Tony Martin)
5. “I Put That There” (Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton)
6. “Young Buck” (Jaren Johnston, Jeremy Stover)
7. “I Wanna Love Like That Again” (Ronnie Dunn)
8. “Still Feels Like Mexico” featuring Reba McEntire (Tommy Lee James, Jon Randall)
9. “Tattooed Heart” (Antonio Dixon, Kenneth Edmonds, Sean Forman, Ariana Grande, Matt Squire, Leon Thomas, Khristopher Van Riddick Tynes)
10. “This Old Heart” (Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton)
12. “Only Broken Heart in San Antone” (Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens)
13. “She Don’t Honky Tonk No More” (Ronnie Dunn, Nikki Fernandez)