Former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn gave his Facebook followers a heads-up, but other country music fans leaving last week’s CMT Music Awards were surprised when the country star played a set from the rooftop of a nearby restaurant.
Dunn, formerly half of Brooks & Dunn, played four songs, including his romantic new single “Kiss You There” and his edgy “Country This,” which, as previously reported, were released via iTunes last Tuesday.
According to USA Today, Dunn opened his surprise set with “Country This,” streamers shooting into the streets below. As he sang “Kiss You There,” a flash mob of more than 200 began line-dancing in the middle of Fifth Avenue South, between Rippy’s and Bridestone Arena, where people were leaving the awards show. After his final songs, “Cowgirls Rock ‘N Roll” and “Peace, Love and Country Music,” Dunn shot T-shirts into the crowd.
Video of the performance was projected onto the walls of Rippy’s and two other nearby venues, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Honky Tonk Central, while Dunn’s Twitter handle and hashtags for “Kiss You There” and “Country This,” were projected onto the roof of the Ryman Auditorium, according to USA Today.
“I’m more excited about where music is today than I ever have been,” Dunn, 60, told the newspaper afterward. “We no longer have to play by rules, because there are no rules. The band and crew snuck in and set up to ambush the unsuspecting crowd coming out of the CMT Awards. We don’t have a clue, but we’re having fun working overtime to come up with unorthodox ways to get music to people who just like music.”
Check video of Dunn’s performance of “Kiss You There” as well as the lyric video for “Country This” posted below.
By the way, I hope to bring official news about the upcoming Oklahoma tornado benefit show Toby Keith has reportedly been planning with Dunn and Garth Brooks very, very soon!