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Brandy Clark Sings Her Own ‘Stories’

Brandy Clark is the songwriter behind some of country’s biggest recent hits. She’s got her own album now. It’s dark, funny, heartfelt, and she shares it with us.

Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. '12 Stories' is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)

Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. ’12 Stories’ is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)

Country music, for a long time, had no problem with the hard, real, nitty-gritty truths of life.  Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn and a whole lot of others would go to the tough stuff, the authentic, even when it wasn’t pretty, when it put the soul on trial.  Lately, there’s a whole lot more moonlight and muscle shirts at the top of the country charts.  Sun tans and catfish and big trucks.  American bravado.  Singer-song-writer Brandy Clark can make you jump and smile.  But she goes dark, too.  Real.  Up next On Point:  Brandy Clark and her debut album, “12 Stories”.

– Tom Ashbrook

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Brandy Clark, country singer-songwriter. Her debut solo album is “12 Stories.” (@TheBrandyClark)

From Tom’s Reading List

Vulture: Rosen: Brandy Clark’s “12 Stories” Is My Favorite Album of 2013 – “Musically speaking, Clark is a classicist: Her songs are models of fine Music Row handicraft, built from time-tested materials. She’s a brisk, vivid, witty storyteller; her tunes unfold in old-fashioned weepers and chugging honkytonk, with fiddles, pedal steel, and vocal harmonies driving home the punch lines and pathos. Clark is an excellent singer, with a voice that slides easily between songbird prettinesss and hard-drawlin’ twang.”

XOJane: Drinking, Divorce And Gettin’ High: Brandy Clark Wrote The Best Country Album Of the Year, But Is It Too Hot For Nashville? –”A songwriter for 10 years whose tracks have been recorded by the likes of Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire, the songs on Clark’s debut album are largely the songs that no one else was willing to record, due to their subject matter which includes drugs, violence, infidelity and divorce. ‘Take a Little Pill,’ her song about prescription drug abuse and addiction, is one she says ‘everybody loved, but nobody would record.’”

NPR: Country Music’s Year Of the Woman — “Last May, the astute critic Jewly Hight noticed that while men like Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney still dominated commercial country, a new cohort of female artists had begun to take possession of country’s most hallowed sounds and subject matter. ‘We’re hearing women working with traditional country sounds while they sing about staking claim to personal freedom and demanding equal footing in relationships,’ Hight wrote.”

Watch The Video for Brandy Clark’s Single, “Stripes”

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  • Wm_James_from_Missouri

    Brandy, when I look at you I can’t remember why I quit drinking !

    Sorry, that’s the best a Missour(a) mud boy can do. :)

  • Marc Prufer

    Johnny Cash never sang about such things — God forbid! This is and outrage!

  • Jim

    I love country music especially the zack brown band, band perry, and easton corbin…

    but one thing i do not like is the religious connotation added to it. that religious connotation should not be included since i think there should be a respect for everyone’s religion or lack thereof. of course, unless country music is trying to exclude certain groups. but i do not think that is their intent.

  • Mari McAvenia

    Brandy Clark follows in the tradition of lesser known female Country singer/songwriters like Claire Lynch and Cheryl Wheeler. It’s not “dark” to tell the truth from a female perspective. It just feels more “real” that way. A lot of folks can’t handle it, that’s all. I love Brandy Clark, now, because of this show. Sing out, gal!

  • truegangsteroflove

    When I was growing up Chicago’s WLS went to a Top 40 format, and about a fourth of the songs that made it into the Top 40 were Country songs. Some of it was annoying, but we took it all in, and it got into our DNA. Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, Buck Owens and even Faron Young.

    Most of what is called Country today is really just Rock with a serious twang, and pretty boring. Brandy Clark sounds like real Country, daring to sing about things beyond the usual tedious fare. She likely will have an audience beyond Country. I hope she doesn’t do endless duets with everybody under the Sun like a certain other female Country singer.

  • TVPC58

    From the home of Merlefest, Wilkesboro, NC. Here are some suggestions for some more “real” country singer/songwriters: Dale Watson (no relation to Doc), Billy Joe Shavers (wrote most of the outlaw songs), Elizabeth Cook, Corb Lund, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Hoyt Axton, Charlie Daniels, Chris LeDoux, Eric Church, Steve Earle, and Doc Watson. Some, like Doc Watson and Guy Clark are categorized as folk by some, but essentially, they are country. Of course, there are lots more out there. Spotify is a great way to find obscure great country artists.

  • 12Gary2

    horribly boring meaningless drivel of a show.

  • Wm_James_from_Missouri

    Ms. Clark,

    I took me 3 days to hear this show! It was 3 days of lost opportunity. Opportunity to hear the voice of an angel. Ms. Clark, you are a Super-Star !

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