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Ronnie Dunn tells us why he still gets nervous singing with Reba McEntire Getty Images/Ethan Miller
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Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn fame has been a country superstar for more than two decades, but there’s one situation that still leaves him shaking in his boots onstage. For some reason, Ronnie just can’t remember the lyrics to new songs. That situation often comes up now that he’s playing shows in Las Vegas with his old pal, Reba McEntire, who loves to keep him on his toes by changing up the set list.

Ronnie tells Rare Country, “Reba’s great about — she’ll come in and go, ‘Let’s do a new song tonight.’ We were just [doing a duet] on this last run doing a Vince Gill-written song, ‘Oklahoma Swing,’ I just have anxiety recoil when I see a new song. I just can’t do it. I just can’t do it. Sooner or later, I’ll get there. I’m just slow.”

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He adds with a laugh, “It’s not the song. It’s the singer.”

Ronnie absolutely loves singing with Reba, and it’s obvious when you look at the track listing on his upcoming studio album, “Tattooed Heart.” Reba is a special guest on the track, “Still Feels Like Mexico.”

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As for that title track, Ronnie definitely ventured outside his comfort zone recording “Tattooed Heart.” It’s an Ariana Grande song Ronnie recorded at the suggestion of his daughter.

Ronnie’s new album, “Tattooed Heart,” is due out Oct. 21.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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