NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BRANDY CLARK
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Clark came to Nashville from Morton, Wash., where she watched her grandmother
smoke on the front porch as Mount St. Helens erupted a short ways away, and later
worked in a fencing mill. Her love for Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Loretta
Lynn, coupled with her perceptive observations of everyday characters, fueled
her ascension as a songwriter. Two No. 1 hits — The Band Perry’s “Better
Dig Two” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” — are Clark co-writes,
along with Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” and “It Is What It Is”
and songs picked up by Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler, Reba, Darius Rucker and Kenny Rogers.
surprising is why she waited until now to step forward as a performer. Throughout
12 Stories, produced by Dave Brainard and released by Slate Creek
Records, Clark gets deep inside each lyric with an understated but tuneful delivery;
sometimes ironic, sometimes laconic, she lets the tales speak vividly for themselves.
single, “Stripes” (written by Clark, Matt Jenkins and Shane McAnally), recounts
the protagonist’s decision not to blow away her dimwit boyfriend because “I
don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes,” told to the twang and gallop
of a spaghetti Western soundtrack.
Every other track is a gem too. It’s
not necessary to single any of them out; taken individually and as a whole, they
confirm that as long as Brandy Clark is around, poetic narrative in the finest
tradition of Country songwriting will endure.
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HER OWN WORDS
YOU’D LOVE TO COVER
“‘Here You Come Again.’”
ALBUM ON YOUR PLAYLIST
“A random compilation of sad songs.”
YOU SING IN THE SHOWER
“I don’t sing in the shower. It’s
too easy to inhale water ;).”
WORD YOU SAY OVER AND OVER
“At the end of the day.”
YOU’D BE IF NOT A MUSICAL ARTIST
PERFORMANCE TO DATE
“Opening a show in Carmel, Ind., for Sheryl Crow –
perfect venue and perfect audience.”
FAVORITE FOOD ON THE ROAD
WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU
“I spent my first two summers after
school fighting forest fires.”