Ronnie McDowell: Striking Oil

In the Oct. 6 issue, Ronnie McDowell shared the story behind his new single, “Hey, Mr. Oilman,” an attack on the giant oil companies.

Here, Ronnie talks about his upcoming new CD, which will feature “Hey, Mr. Oilman.” A huge fan of the great Elvis Presley, Ronnie also discusses his successful painting, Reflections of a King, a rendering of the young Elvis looking at a reflection of the future. Fans can purchase a copy of the painting through Ronnie’s website, ronniemcdowell.com.

“One of the songs on the new album is that old hit, ‘Oh, How Happy.’ Willie Nelson, John Anderson, T. Graham Brown and about 15 artists in all are on the song,” Ronnie says. “We all sing one line, and the Oak Ridge Boys do the chorus. I swear it’s a smash hit—if we can get it played.” Another selection is “I Wish I Could Paint the Way I Feel,” inspired by a neighbor of Ronnie’s who actually spoke those words. “I think it’s the best song I’ve ever written,” he says.

For more on Ronnie, check out the Oct. 6 issue of Country Weekly.

CW
The Elvis painting is doing very well. Can you talk about that and the connection with Elvis?
RM
That painting is the biggest-selling item I’ve ever had. There is a new book coming out called The Genuine Elvis, and I am happy to say that the painting will be the front cover. A copy of it is also hanging at the Elvis museum in Tupelo, Miss. I still have the original.
CW
Your first hit was “The King Is Gone,” a tribute to Elvis.
RM
Yes, and my life keeps being intertwined with Elvis to this day. I have just finished my 12th movie as Elvis’ voice, called Elvis: Close as a Brother. It is supposed to come out next year. And a song called “Blue Suede Heaven” is on the new album.

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