Luanne Hunt handles her new single “Crazy Dreams” with bold and sweetened tones that head straight for the heartstrings. She delivers a performance that sounds like she’s lived every word of what she’s singing about and that connection between the words and the artist singing them feels every bit as genuine as if Luanne had written every syllable herself.
She’s got a faithful rendition here of this Patsy Cline cover here that echoes the style of the original times, while also giving it just enough kick to make it new for all of us.
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Story Behind the Song
Indie Country Star Luanne Hunt Remakes Patsy Cline’s “Crazy Dreams” Honoring the Late, Prolific Songwriting Team of Lawton Jiles and Charles ‘Buster’ Beam
Nashville -- When we hear a song on the radio we like by our favorite artist, we stand in awe of their talent and ability to deliver a song that moves us in some way shape or form. While some of those artists write their own tunes, many do not. Those who fit into that category must rely on songs written by the true unsung heroes of the music world in order to make their mark on the masses.
Such was the case with the legendary singer Patsy Cline, who skyrocketed to fame after the release of her Willie Nelson-penned classic, “Crazy.”
Before the songbird hit it big with the Decca Records masterpiece, she recorded quite a few songs on the label in the early 1960s, which included a handful of tunes by the songwriting team of Lawton Jiles and Charles ‘Buster’ Beam. One of those was titled “Crazy Dreams.” Despite Cline turning out a stellar performance on the single, it failed to make it onto the country charts.
While Jiles and Beam missed having a chart hit with Cline, their songs undoubtedly played a big role in helping the velvet-voiced songstress, along with her producer Owen Bradley, develop the signature sound she became known and loved for.
For that, the men deserve a world of recognition, especially in the eyes of Luanne Hunt, one of independent music’s most successful artists. With the aim of exposing Jiles and Beam’s songs to today’s country music fans, Hunt recently recorded a six-song EP of the team’s compositions titled, “Patsy, We’re Still Lovin’ You.”
The project includes a thoughtful and moving remake of “Crazy Dreams,” which is currently climbing country radio charts around the world.
“The song is brilliantly written and I felt like I could tell the story in a modern way that today’s audiences can relate to,” said Hunt, who is best known for the Jiles and Beam-penned tune, “Christmas Without You” (a.k.a. “Patsy Cline’s Lost Christmas Song”).
“Patsy sang it in an upbeat style but I slowed it down and that in and of itself really brought out the emotion of the song. I think it’s spellbinding.”
“Crazy Dreams” is the first single released off of “Patsy, We’re Still Lovin’ You,” which was produced in Nashville by legendary producer Stephen Wrench (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lonestar, Collin Ray, John Anderson). The album, which is slated for a March, 2021 release, also will include a rendition of Cline’s “Let the Teardrops Fall,” as well as the Jiles and Beam gospel classic, “He Was There.”