Warner Bros. Records debut out June 10 – Set to perform on Ellen April 7 with new single “Girl Next Door”
Excitement over “ace songwriter” (Cosmopolitan) and critically acclaimed, four-time GRAMMY Award nominee Brandy Clark’s new album is building as the singer-songwriter offers Big Day in a Small Town for pre-order available on iTunes, Amazon,Spotify and Google.
“This record is a musical journey that has stretched, inspired and moved me artistically,” Clark said. “I hope that it moves fans when they hear it half as much as it moves me when I play it every night.”
The follow up to her audacious 2013 debut album is due June 10 on Warner Bros. Records. “Girl Next Door” is the first single from Clark’s major label debut, produced by genre-bending Nashville producer Jay Joyce. She’ll perform the song April 7 when she makes her second visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“Playing on Ellen was actually on my bucket list, and it’s amazing that I get to go back and play a second time,” Clark said. “I’m such a fan of hers and really looking forward to being back!”
Her first album, 12 Stories, was featured on “Best of” lists from New York Magazine, NPR, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Post and The Boston Globe in 2013. That same year, The Los Angeles Times called it “the country debut of the year.” Big Day in a Small Town is being greeted with similar excitement already as it recently made Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone’s lists of albums to look forward to this year..
“The reign of bro country finally appears to be winding down, thanks in large part to ace songwriter Brandy Clark and her work with people like Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Kacey Musgraves,” Cosmopolitan said of the No. 8 entry on its “10 Albums to Listen to This Spring” list. “Her own debut album 12 Stories was full of masterfully crafted songs about small-town life, a topic she’ll surely revisit on the follow-up, which actually has ‘small town’ in the title. While you wait, check out ‘Girl Next Door,’ her fierce ode to embracing your inner hot mess.
Rolling Stone included the album on its “Nashville Gold: 10 Albums Coming This Spring” list writing, “Big Day matches heart-punch storytelling with electronics, guitar squalls and off-kilter rhythms.” Clark told Rolling Stone. “I played it for a friend who said, ‘This is 21st-century country music’ and I took that as such a compliment.”
Big Day in a Small Town tells the stories of the football star, the father, the homecoming queen and the hairdresser because those are the stories and people that Clark grew up knowing in Morton, Wash.
Big Day in a Small Town Track List – Songwriters:
1.“Soap Opera” – Brandy Clark/Bryan Simpson
2. “Girl Next Door” – Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Shane McAnally
3. “Homecoming Queen” – Brandy Clark/Luke Laird/Shane McAnally
4. “Broke” – Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne
5. “You Can Come Over” – Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Mark Narmore
6. “Love Can Go to Hell” – Brandy Clark/Scott Stepakoff
7. “Big Day in a Small Town” – Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Mark D. Sanders
8. “Three Kids No Husband” – Brandy Clark/Lori McKenna
9. “Daughter” – Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Jeremy Spillman
10. “Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’” – Brandy Clark
11.“Since You’ve Gone to Heaven” – Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally
Currently on the road with Jennifer Nettles on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, the singer/songwriter has toured with Eric Church and Alan Jackson the last two years in addition to solo shows. For upcoming tour dates, visit http://www.brandyclarkmusic.com.
Clark received her first of four career GRAMMY Award nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No.1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015.