Picks and Pans Review: Holly Dunn

UPDATED 06/30/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/30/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

Holly Dunn

A minister's daughter, Dunn obviously knows about hiding her light under a bushel. She's an invigorating, bright-voiced country singer, but at 28, she has never before made a record. Born in San Antonio, Texas, she has sung with the Freedom Folk Singers, a Texas high school group, and on a USO tour, as well as performing on campus at Abilene Christian University, where she majored in advertising and public relations. Her main musical credits, though, are as a composer. She has co-written tunes recorded by Terri Gibbs (An Old Friend), Louise Mandrell (I'm Not Through Loving You Yet) and the Whites (Daddy's Hands). This album—which she cut at the inspired suggestion of producer Tommy West—includes some of her own work, such as the lively It'll Be All Right and Your Memory (Won't Let Go of Me), a first-class country weeper written with Bud Lee. There is also a nicely fired-up song by Radney Foster, Billy Aerts and Mickey Cates, Burnin' Wheel, and another tune, That's a Real Good Way To Get Yourself Loved, which lists as one of its composers Dunn's brother Chris Waters. One of the first songs Dunn performed in public was Please, Mister, Please, and she does in fact sound a little like Olivia Newton-John—when Livvy was still a country girl. Dunn has a bit more drive, however, to go with a voice of spring-fed clarity. Deck the halls with bows to Holly. (MTM)

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