Cost of Living: Ronnie Dunn

A Timely Tune
Ronnie Dunn spent 20 years as half of the most successful duo in country music history, Brooks and Dunn. But now, he’s stepped out on his own with his debut self-titled solo album. His new single, “Cost of Livin,’” has become an anthem for many Americans trying to make ends meet.

Dr. Phil welcomes Ronnie to the show. “You said that this is the most relevant song that you’ve ever written and that this whole thing has hit you personally really hard,” he says.

“Yeah, I think relevant to the times. It resonates with people because it’s so timely,” Ronnie says.

“There’s a line in the song that I thought was really great. Originally the song said, ‘Two dollars and change at the pump. The cost of living is high and going up.’ And you had to go back and re-cut that line?” Dr. Phil asks.

“I did. I went back to three dollars and change, where it is now. The label came back and asked if I would do four dollars,” Ronnie says with a laugh.

[AD]The video for "Cost of Livin’" features real people reacting to a plant closing in Union City, Tennessee. One of the women in the video lost her job that day, after 13 years.

Ronnie’s album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums.

Members of the Dr. Phil studio audience get a copy of Ronnie’s self-titled CD to take home.