Radio needs to play to Ronnie Dunn’s “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas”

Country radio just hasn’t appealed to me lately with its focus of 18-25 year olds who like hip hop and pop infused country. Legends are heard few and far between on a format that’s dominated by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert. In fact, I can’t listen to the radio for more than an hour without hearing these and a few other newer artists repeated each hour! If radio would just listen to Ronnie Dunn’s new single, “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas,” and actually play it in hot rotation, then they’d regain my interest again.

In my opinion, Dunn has the best voice in country music, bar none! Sure, I love other legendary artists, but Dunn has such a unique and natural voice, there’s no mistaking him whenever you do hear it! After being absent from radio for the past several years, Dunn is back with a great and catchy song about denying a lost love (and everything else that’s common in the United States) that’s sure to stick in your head like it does mine. No, it’s not bro-country. That term and Ronnie Dunn just don’t go together despite his previous Brooks & Dunn hits about girls and trucks, which were before that term was coined and still shouldn’t be considered bro-country. That’s preposterous!

Dunn has teamed up with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus for producing duties. The mid tempo track starts big and then strips down to acoustic string instruments with minute programming that doesn’t bother me like the rest of today’s country. Dunn’s voice sounds crisp and strong as ever before and sure isn’t Auto Tuned. The song breaks out again at the chorus with Dunn slaying soulful and engaging vocals over a well mixed and produced track.

The bridge is probably my favorite part when it strips down again and Dunn sings, “They don’t get high in Colorado / Or party down in New Orleans / Ain’t no losers out in Vegas / Ain’t no” when the band roars back in at “Jack in Tennessee” and Dunn finishes with “I ain’t had me one too many / And if you believe that’s true / Ah, there ain’t no trucks in Texas / And I ain’t missing you.”

The song is so refreshing and proves that legendary acts still have a place in country music. However, it’s up to radio to play these acts and introduce them to the younger crowd so they can see what they’re missing from the current crop of so-called country artists!


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.