Some songs make you feel good, some heal in a hurting moment, and some songs stay with you forever. Clare Dunn has one of those with “Old Hat.”
Her performance of the song from CMT Next Women of Country Live will leave you with goosebumps … and reaching for a box of tissues.
Her soulful voice soars on the emotional ballad about dealing with the loss of someone profound and preserving all those memories in an old hat they left behind. It’s so simple and yet deeply symbolic and monumentally moving in its simplicity.
One of Dunn’s many strengths is her authenticity. Yes, she’s one of the best guitar players and singers out there, but one listen to Dunn is like a conversation with the singer. You know exactly who she is, where she stands, and you want to be friends with this very real country girl from the Oklahoma-Colorado border.
All of the influences that shaped Dunn — country, soul, R&B, classic rock — they’re all present in all of her songs. More to the point, they all belong. Dunn’s has created her own sound and is making her own rules like a true artist.
“Old Hat” gives us a chance to see a side of Dunn we haven’t seen before — a side that shows incredible versatility and softness. It’s a side that suits her well.
In the days ahead, CMT Next Women of Country Live will have more exclusive performances from Kelleigh Bannen, Carly Pearce, Brandy Clark, Ruthie Collins, Lindsay Ell, Courtney Cole, Cassadee Pope and Tara Thompson.