Clare Dunn Inspired By Waylon Jennings, Tina Turner, & More

By Lauryn Snapp

October 13, 2021

Cody Alan’s ‘Next Artist’ spotlight shines brightly on rising country star, Clare Dunn.

Clare’s raw, powerful vocals stand out across the genre, and her electrified, high-energy performances set the stage on fire. So, who inspired her transfixing live shows, commanding vocals, and unparalleled guitar playing?

In a recent interview with Cody, the “Unread” singer name-checked her musical influences.

“Bob Segar is definitely right there at the top of the list,” says Clare, who tapped her 2019 tour mate.

“Waylon Jennings is a huge influence for me,” adds Clare. Not only for his music but for his approach to it. He had a unique vision for his sound and what he knew his music could be. I have always been inspired by that.”

“Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Dwight Yoakum, Buck Owens, and lately I am even listening to cats like Johnny Lee,” laughs Clare. “A wide range.”  

RELATED: Clare Dunn Is 'Holding Out For A Cowboy.'

“Now, that you have said Tina Turner. I see that now!” Cody responds. “I have seen you perform before, and it’s a blast to watch you. You are a guitar slinger. You aren’t afraid to throw your hair around on stage. It’s just fun!”

“It’s lovely trying to get it out of my face, so I can see what I am doing!” laughs Clare.

Check out Clare’s EP ‘In This Kind Of Light’ featuring “Holding Out For A Cowboy,” available everywhere now. Also, catch Clare on the radio with Cody Alan every Wednesday night by finding your CMT Radio station at www.CMTCody.com.

Photo Credit: Clare Dunn.

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