Ronnie Dunn Facebook page posting slams music industry, 'American Idol'
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
7/18/12 at 4:13 PM
Former Tulsan and country music star Ronnie Dunn had some harsh statements about the biz this week on his official Facebook page.
Apparently, he’s happy to be solo from Brooks & Dunn these days, and happy to make his own way again, without the drag of the “music business game.” Brooks & Dunn split in 2010, and Dunn's first full-length, self-titled solo album was released last year. The band's early hit, "Boot Scootin' Boogie," idolized small-town honky tonks and the video was filmed here in Tulsa.
The musician lifts a few paragraphs from a newsletter from industry man Bob Lefsetz in a post to Dunn's own Facebook page:
He posted, “Nobody’s in control. Everybody’s just faking it. And it’s art’s job to reveal the truth, the man behind the curtain. ... Don’t you get it, the suits’ interests are not your own, they don’t want truth, justice and the American way, they just want money ... in their pocket. ...
“Instead we’ve got a tabloid press questioning who the next ‘Idol’ judge will be. As if judging these wannabes isn’t equivalent to scouting for major leaguers at the Little League game.
He finished with “One song can make a difference. One TV show can make a difference. The power of the individual is limitless. But you must pick up the reins and testify. You must be beholden to no one but yourself. You must deliver your message so perfectly-pitched, so expertly crafted, that it’s undeniable.”
Dunn got his first country kicks on Tulsa's stretch of Route 66, playing in local nightclubs such as Tulsa City Limits and Duke's Country back in the 1980s.
By the end of the day Wednesday, the comment was deleted. Here's what Dunn had to say:
"The deleted comment was from one of the latest Bob Lefsetz blogs and was not intended to necessarily, be the opinion of this Artist. I have nothing but the upmost respect for numerous music executives. I do however, strongly support the following excerpt :
"One song can make a difference. One TV show can make a difference. The power of the individual is limitless.
But you must pick up the reins and testify. You must be beholden to no one but yourself. You must deliver your message so perfectly-pitched, so expertly crafted, that it's undeniable."
Ronnie Dunn performs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa back in February. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World File