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Single Review: Ronnie Dunn – ‘Ain’t No Trucks In Texas’

unnamedThe bottom line on Ronnie Dunn’s debut single for Nash Icon? “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas” has been done before. Jamie O’Neal took the thematically similar “There Is No Arizona” to #1 fourteen years ago. Fourteen years before O’Neal’s hit, George Strait scored a chart topper with another play on words, “Ocean Front Property.”

In this latest rendering, a guy is morning the end of his latest romantic relationship with a laundry list of ‘there ain’t no…’ phrases leading up to ‘their ain’t no trucks in Texas and I ain’t missing you.’ He’s seeping sarcasm in order to make a point to his ex, just like the guy who’ll gladly throw in the Golden Gate Bridge along with that Ocean Front Property in Arizona.

I will give Dunn and his team a lot of credit. “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas” is among the finest examples of modern country music we’ll likely hear all year. The song has everything – a well-worn theme, little lyrical imagination, bombastic colorless production, and an artist at their most generic. Seriously, what more could you ever want out of a song?

Nash Icon is currently 0-2 with giving their signees intriguing radio offerings to lead their respective projects. In retrospect, at least Reba injected her infectious personality into “Going Out Like That.” Bland as it is, the song still sounds like her.

The same can’t be said for “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas.” It could literally be anyone singing it. There’s nothing about this recording that’s distinctively Ronnie Dunn. Not even his vocal, which is as watered down as I’ve ever heard him.

Hopefully Dunn’s album will have stronger material. It’s criminal how far he seems to have fallen since “Cost of Livin.’” He and the greater good of country music deserve better.

Grade: C

8 responses to “Single Review: Ronnie Dunn – ‘Ain’t No Trucks In Texas’

  1. sszorin July 24, 2015 at 7:20 am

    A good review. I agree, the song has a bombastic and annoying wall of sound, kind of a noise drone.
    The music which relies, primarily, on electric guitars to shape sound and drive song forward, should not be called ‘country music’.

  2. Luckyoldsun July 24, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I have not heard the track yet, but the title reminds me of a song on one of Dale Watson’s recent CD’s; As I recall, it goes: “There ain’t a cow in Texas/ Or a cab in New York City.” I wonder if the song is otherwise similar.

    • Ken July 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Perhaps if you took the time to listen to a song BEFORE posting a comment it would give you more clarity.

      • Luckyoldsun July 25, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        Well boo hoo.
        I don’t see any link to the song.
        But thanks for your always brilliant advice.

        • Ken July 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

          There’s this cool site called “google” that will help you find videos for just about any song.
          And you’re welcome.

  3. Chris Banner July 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    To make comparisons with Jamie O’Neal’s “There Is No Arizona” is to completely confuse the message of both songs. There is no irony in O’Neal’s song..it’s about false illusions and broken promises. Dunn’s song has the irony. No similarities whatsoever between the two and I’m really surprised that a reviewer as prolific as you would make this howling mistake.

    As for Dunn’s dog itself – I quite like it actually. Very commercial, yes, but his voice and turn of phrase lends itself to all types of country music. Don’t pan it just because it sounds radio-ready.

    • Luckyoldsun July 25, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      There’s plenty of irony in O’Neal’s song–probably more so than in Dunn’s. There just isn’t the pure sarcasm.

      The “counterfactual’ lyric technique of “Ain’t No Trucks” has been done plenty of times before–and a lot better. In “Ocean Front Property,” as Jonathan pointed out.
      And by Willie :
      “The sun is filled with ice and gives no warmth at all,
      The sky was never blue,
      The stars are raindrops searching for a place to fall,
      And I never cared for you.”

  4. janet nave August 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    What was he thinking with this bad song? Or nash icon? Same goes for reba. Just heard her new one about he doesn’t love me or something. Terrible. She needs narvel back producing.

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