One of the things I liked was that static, scratchy sound of the old vinyl that filled the air along with the music, it was just so vintage sounding, like the perfect fitting leather jacket. I can remember sitting in my room thinking to myself, I want to BE one of the guys in these songs! So, a few years later, with that inspiration, I wanted to try my hand at a few songs. I ended up recording some acoustic demos of what I was writing, and I’ve made it to this point and I’m really excited about this new record. I think we’ve got a few good ones and I hope people will find some connection to the songs.” Dunn was born in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in his youth and since college has spent time living in Kentucky and Tennessee, while making a return to Raleigh, NC a few years ago.
He wrote his first record, Lonely American Dream in an old upstairs apartment above an antique store in downtown Raleigh on Fairview Road. Of the album, Dunn says, “Yeah, that apartment just had tons of character – it’s street side location, hidden door entrance off the road - it just sort of inspired creative thoughts and really was the driving force, so to speak, to move forward and actually record my music. I had a lot of things going on during that time and it seemed to flow out of the pen as song lyrics and that’s where that first record came from.” For his new recording project, The Long Ride Home, Dunn headed to Nashville, Tennessee and TrueTone Recording Studio. “I had this notebook with a bunch of songs, ranging from stuff I had written quite a few years ago to songs I wrote very recently.
I knew I wanted to try and take my sound and songs to another level. I was fortunate to connect with some great musicians and producers who were genuinely excited about what I was trying to do with this new project. They had the same passion and vision and ideas about the musical ‘treatment’ to give the new tunes and I think there is really a little bit of something for everyone in regards to musical tastes among the 11 songs on this record.” Since his first recording release, Dunn’s music has been featured on CMT with two of songs, “Lonely American Dream” and “The Oak Tree”, and was named by CMT as one of America’s top unsigned Americana artists. A strong local fan base and airplay on satellite radio and many of his hometown radio and TV stations has helped build his fan base, along with many live shows since his first album.
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