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It’s about time we heard guys’ perspective

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The deadline is set, and Brad Dunn can’t wait.

“I’ve been waiting to get back into the studio to record some new music,” Dunn says from his Austin home. “I’ve been writing like a madman and can’t wait to see what turns out.”

Dunn is a country singer who formed the band Brad Dunn and Ellis County in 2009. The band has released one album, “Ranch Cat,” in 2011 and is gearing up for a follow-up album.

“We’ve got about 12 or 13 songs ready to go,” Dunn explains. “We’re still writing for the album, but we’ll be recording once July rolls around.”

The band consists of Dunn, Michael Lamendola, Mike Naumann, Tim Veillon, Ty Hurless and Jim “Haystack” Novak. Dunn says the guys all met through mutual friends and performing around Austin.

“We’re all professional in what we do,” he says. “So us coming together as a band was a fairly seamless effort. It’s been a blessing to know these guys because they are talented musicians.”

While all the band members contribute in some form to the music, Dunn is the primary songwriter for the band. He says that he will take the skeleton of the song to the band and that’s where they break it apart and build it back up again.

Brad Dunn and Ellis County
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21
WHERE: The County Line BBQ, 9600 Tramway NE
HOW MUCH: Free, but a food or monetary donation is suggested. The donations benefit Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque

“It’s all about communication, and we’re not afraid to speak our mind,” he explains. “If something doesn’t work out, we can figure out how to make it better. It’s always a nice exercise for us.”

When it comes to inspiration, Dunn says there is plenty to draw from.

“I have a wife and two kids and our life is 90 percent chaos,” he quips. “Nine times out of 10, I write from a guy’s perspective. There are songs about women leaving men, but I turn the table and have the man leave the woman. It’s something fresh for me.”

Yet despite all of the chaos in Dunn’s life, he admits that it wouldn’t be possible to have a music career without his wife holding down the day-to-day business.

“She helps me keep my head straight,” he says. “She’s the one who keeps the band moving forward and tells us what to do and where we’re going.”

As the band continues to grow, Dunn says he’s starting to see the fans interact with the band more during its live shows.

“Our music has been out for a while now and there’s nothing like having an audience sing your words back to you,” he says. “That’s the ultimate compliment and I can’t wait to see it happen more. That’s the reason we stay on the road and perform. It’s about making a difference in people’s lives.”

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