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Academy of Country Music Awards viewers will see at least one unusual performance at this year's show—Ronnie Dunn performing as a solo artist, without his longtime Brooks & Dunn cohort Kix Brooks by his side.
Ronnie is set to perform his first solo single, "Bleed Red," at this year's awards on April 3. During a press conference to announce the nominees for show, Ronnie talked about performing his new single during the awards broadcast.
Though he's racked up numerous awards show performances, Ronnie said there will be nerves when he takes the stage. "Nothing new—pressure. I feel that every time I walk up there to do it, hoping I can deliver that vocal," he said. He also revealed that he will be doing a concert in Las Vegas and he admits the dry desert air may mess with his voice. "I'm going to do a full-blown concert the night before, so hey, if I squeak, I've done it before," he told reporters.
"Bleed Red" was a last-minute addition to Ronnie's upcoming album. "I think this song picked me. I had the record, it was finished, I was good to go. I thought I was headed to the honky-tonks and beer joints to kick out a few lights, and it drops out of the sky at the last moment. It's the single they picked to come out with first," said Ronnie.
Of his new solo status, Ronnie said he feels a bit like the new kid in town. "I'm a freshman starting over," he said. With a long history of Brooks & Dunn hits, he acknowledged that his future concerts will be a change for his fans, but he's keeping those details to himself for the time being. "We'll save that as a surprise," he allowed. "It will be different, it will be real different."