With opening slots on cross-country tours by Lee Brice, Chris Young and Miranda Lambert, Clare Dunn — one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know — is gearing up for a busy fall. Along the way, she’ll also make her major-label debut with a new EP, whose five songs were all co-written and co-produced by the former Colorado farmhand. Leading the charge is “Move On,” a kickoff single that splits the difference between Kelly Clarkson’s pop anthems and Keith Urban’s guitar workouts.
The “Move On” video debuts this week. Taking its cues from the energy and electricity of Dunn’s live show, it’s a fiery, fast-moving clip, with the best moments shining a light on Dunn’s fretwork. She’s a rarity these days — a country singer who doubles as her own lead guitarist, driving each song forward with twin blasts of vocal hooks and Telecaster riffage — and the new video plays up those strengths, casting Dunn as a bar-band frontwoman with a soft spot for someone in the audience. “Make your move on me,” she demands, driving her point forward with hair flips, heroic guitar poses and heavy, high-heeled foot stomps.
“I just try to do what I think my heroes did, and what I observe them doing,” she told Rolling Stone Country earlier this summer. “To me, I think [Bob] Seger, the Eagles and Keith [Urban] all followed their sense of direction. When you picked up one of their records, it was undeniably who they were. . . They were all artists, and they had their own identity in their sound, and in their writing and their performance.”
MCA Nashville will release the self-titled Clare Dunn on September 18th, one week before Dunn heads to Billings, Montana, to kick off her string of dates on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour. Dunn will also launch her own Heartland Tour, which, like Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour, seeks to shine a light on farming towns. The first show will take Dunn back to her home state, Colorado, for a performance in Lamar on September 19th.