Amber Rae Dunn – 'Pretty Paper'
Review by Brandon Watts & Staff
Amber Rae Dunn gets listeners in the holiday spirit with a lively rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” Starting off the song, a lovely arrangement of rhythmic guitar, steady pulsing bass, glistening accents from piano, ambient warbling organ, and solid percussion beautifully spread across the stereo image making for a big, spacious sound as Amber’s dreamy vocals highlight the record sweetly serenading listeners.
Amber adds a bit of extra flair through twangy vocals that give the song a slightly more modern country vibe while maintaining the relaxed, wholesome vibe of the original. There is a happy sadness to “Pretty Paper” while between the descriptions of beautifully wrapped presents and love notes, the lyrics remind you that not everyone has the same holiday experience as she sings,
“And there he sits all alone on the sidewalk / He’s hoping you won’t pass him by / Should you stop? / Better not your much too busy / You're in a hurry and my how time flies / And in the distance the ringing of laughter / And in the midst of the laughter he cries.”
Amber Rae Dunn’s heartwarming rendition of “Pretty Paper” is a tasteful take on the classic that you surely will not want to miss out on. Her crooning vocal performance paired with a gripping instrumental arrangement and top-notch production by famed Producer, Billy Smiley, makes for an undeniably music experience and puts Amber Rae on our artist to watch list. Make sure to check out more from Amber Rae Dunn in the links below!
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About Amber Rae Dunn
Nominated for both Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year in 2018 by the Tennessee Music Awards Amber Rae Dunn and her band “Amber Rae Dunn and the Mulberries” have an infectious way of captivating their audiences and making them feel like part of the show. Since the release of her first original album “Arkansas Line” in 2017 recorded with two time Grammy award winning producer Mark Goodman & Andrew Cabigao at MGP The Studio featuring Rex Wiseman of the Oak Ridge Boys amongst others, Dunn has performed fearlessly on every stage she’s set foot on.
After winning NASH Next Top Regional artist for the Mid-South last year Jessica Northey a digital consultant with Finger Candy Media and one of Forbes Top 50 Power Influencer’s said, “I love how Pure Country [she is]. It’s one of the biggest things missing in country music these days. The country part!” She’s opened for big name country acts such as Gary Allen, Radio Romance, Jordan Davis, and the Rhodes Show. Through these experiences she’s learning more and more each day about the demand this industry can have, but if anyone is up for the challenge it’s Amber.
She’s currently held title as Memphis Songwriters Associations Vice President for two years and Co-Hosts a songwriter showcase in Memphis each week called “Meet Me in Memphis” at South Main Sounds while working part-time as a visiting teacher with the Delta Arts since graduating Memphis College of art back in 2012 with a degree in Sculpture. When asked why she moved from Nashville to pursue her music in Memphis she says “for one I feel more creative here, these are MY people and two, well who’s the King of Memphis Blues? B.B. King. Who’s the king of Memphis Rock n’ Roll? Elvis Presley. Now who’s the queen of Memphis country? …Amber Rae Dunn!” and that’s exactly who she plans to be!