Dr Phil: Ronnie Dunn Performance & Peace Love and Country Music Review

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Dr Phil: Ronnie Dunn

Dr Phil welcomed country star Ronnie Dunn to his stage for a performance. It’s not often that Dr Phil features a musical performance, but Dunn was there to share his new song, “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes.”

You might remember Ronnie Dunn from his longtime collaboration as half of Brooks & Dunn, with Kix Brooks. Dr Phil said that he loved getting to meet interesting people who visit his show, and he said he is happy to have become friends with Ronnie Dunn, who has been pursuing a solo career.

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Dr Phil: Peace Love and Country Music Review

Dr Phil: Ronnie Dunn Performance & Peace Love and Country Music Review

Off the new album Peace Love and Country Music, Dr Phil invited country music star Ronnie Dunn to perform his song “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes.” (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

Ronnie Dunn’s first solo album netted two Grammy nominations. Now Dunn is back with a second solo release, Peace Love and Country Music. Dr Phil welcomed Dunn onto the stage to talk about everything he has been up to.

Dr Phil said his wife Robin would want to know why Ronnie Dunn took a year off from music. He explained that the band toured nonstop for 18 years with no breaks. He had planned to do 70 or 80 dates, but instead he stepped back and took a well-deserved break, which he hoped would also reinvigorate his creative process.

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Dr Phil: “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes” Performance

Ronnie Dunn’s song “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes” is a metaphor, a word Dunn said he had to look up. Dunn does still have a great voice that is as well-tuned as any guitar and perfectly accentuates the twang of country.

When you hear the title of the song, you might think that it is more of a joke, but the lyrics were more meaningful and deep than I expected. “I guess what I really miss is the freedom” and “innocence” of youth, the lyrics reveal about the speaker in the song. When you are young, your whole life is in front of you, and eventually you shift from dreaming about the future to reflecting on the past.

To wrap up the show, Dr Phil gave everyone in his studio audience the new CD Peace Love and Country Music. You can find it at Country Outfitter locations and online.

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