MY DEAR WENDY – The Apple Falls Far, Pt. 1
by Walter Price
The recent 3-track EP, The Apple Falls Far, Pt. 1, from My Dear Wendy [Amanda Gunnels] will have fans of Kacey Musgraves, Regina Spektor, HoneyHoney, and die-hard fans of empowering songs all needing this set in their earbuds tout de suite.
Meticulous arrangements, production, and songwriting all culminating in one of the best releases so far this year. And to find a fault could only be done by its creator. As the Atlanta-born classically trained songwriter/performer is responsible for all the well-honed beauty in this set of Honky-tonk tinged Americana. From the lyrics to the instrumentation and producing, it’s all My Dear Wendy.
“This album is incredibly personal, but I also believe that there are many people out there who might feel the same way– who might recognize these troubles, understand, and find a hope that they are not alone with these feelings. “The Apple Falls Far” will be released in two parts, and each song represents the emotions and feelings I have towards my family as a whole, or individually.”
The I only miss you not necessarily the place tribute to her home state on Track 1, “I Don’t Miss Georgia” pulls you in with its weeping fiddle and holds you with the vocalist’s sincerity, and it’s near Cline sing-a-long lyrics. Track 2, “Head Against the Wall”, is as close to a country rocker as you’re going to get on this album and it’s a dancefloor-ready stunner chockful of vocal dexterity and that sound My Dear Wendy gets out of that guitar is pure ear-candy. Last but not least, track 3, “The Letter”, is hands down as much of a classic country-pop song as it is a story song, a lost art, of sorts. And this one is reminiscent of the kind of records Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis used to captivate us with.
You can stream the full going-her-own-way EP as well as MDW’s Top Spotify Tracks, now at the GTC.
MY DEAR WENDY
Article cover photo via Facebook
Written, produced, and performed all by My Dear Wendy
The Apple Falls Far, Pt. 2 is expected August 2021
“A concept album I never thought would be released. Family can be an interesting thing, and growing up I always felt torn with how to feel. There was this pressure to be a specific type of person and to follow a certain timeline of how life was “supposed” to go, but there was something inside of me that wanted more. I wanted to be able to be who I really was, without judgment and without feeling ashamed for being a little bit different than the “norm.” – Amanda Gunnels