11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clark applies her writerly touch to songs that are bold, relatable, and rich in detail. Big Day in a Small Town finds the GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter following up her acclaimed solo debut—2012’s 12 Stories—with a set of big, beautifully realized country narratives that includes shimmering, hair salon melodrama (“Soap Opera”), brash but subversive rock (“Broke,” “Girl Next Door”), Patsy Cline-like honky-tonky (“Drinkin’, Smokin’, Cheatin’”), and haunting ballads (“Since You’ve Gone to Heaven,” inspired by her father’s death in a logging accident.)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clark applies her writerly touch to songs that are bold, relatable, and rich in detail. Big Day in a Small Town finds the GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter following up her acclaimed solo debut—2012’s 12 Stories—with a set of big, beautifully realized country narratives that includes shimmering, hair salon melodrama (“Soap Opera”), brash but subversive rock (“Broke,” “Girl Next Door”), Patsy Cline-like honky-tonky (“Drinkin’, Smokin’, Cheatin’”), and haunting ballads (“Since You’ve Gone to Heaven,” inspired by her father’s death in a logging accident.)

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

104 Ratings

It's A Big Day In Country Music

Jamiec0221,

Brandy Clark is the best female artist in country music and this album reinforces that statement. Brandy's evolution as an artist from 12 Stories to Big Day in a Small Town is both innovative and bold, which has enabled her to further carve out a fresh and unique sound within the genre. This album is a breath of fresh air and exactly what country music needs.

ELATION AFTER A LONG WAIT

Laruehail,

I thought Brandy Clark couldn't top 12 Stories, but I was wrong.

This new country album showcases even more dimension of this talented, creative lady.

We knew she could sing a ballad, make us laugh, make us cry, and now she makes us get up and dance, raise our hands in the air, raise our voices and sing along. She is amazing.

Hearing the new songs I've heard from this album gives me even more hope for the country genre. Brandy is brilliant at tapping into the story telling roots of country and adding a contemporary sound.

I am beyond excited to hear this entire album and share with anyone who wants great country music. The genre is lucky to have her.

About Brandy Clark

As a singer/songwriter, Brandy Clark racked up several significant hits in the early years of the 2010s -- Miranda Lambert brought "Mama's Broken Heart" to number two in 2013, the Band Perry had a number one single with "Better Dig Two" -- which was the background to her acclaimed 2013 solo debut, 12 Stories. Taken together, the hits and the debut album presented Clark as a formidable contemporary country talent, one rooted in classic country but with a keen eye for the present, telling modern stories that are placed within a timeless tradition.

A native of Morton, Washington, Clark began playing guitar at the age of nine, dabbling with songwriting along the way. During high school, she concentrated on athletics, winning a basketball scholarship to Central Washington University, but she wound up abandoning sports and returned home, where she attended community college. More importantly, she also returned to music, starting to play guitar and sing in local bands. In 1998, she moved to Nashville, where she attended the music business program at Belmont University while continuing to concentrate on songwriting.

After graduating from Belmont, Clark found work at Leadership Music and continued to perform and write, often with her songwriting partner, Shane McAnally. She started to land songs on records in 2009, with the breakthrough coming the following year when Reba McEntire recorded "Cry" and "The Day She Got Divorced" for All the Women I Am. In 2011, she had several songs recorded by a variety of artists, most prominently Ashton Shepherd ("Tryin' to Go to Church"), LeAnn Rimes ("Crazy Women"), and Miranda Lambert, whose "Mama's Broken Heart" became a number two hit in 2013. By the time "Mama's Broken Heart" climbed the charts, Clark had begun making a name for herself as a performer. She opened for Sheryl Crow in 2012 and made her Grand Ole Opry debut in December of that year, the same month she independently released a three-track EP. The eponymous EP became a word-of-mouth hit among critical circles, building an appetite for the fall 2013 release of the full-length 12 Stories. Produced by Dave Brainard and preceded by the single "Stripes," 12 Stories appeared to positive reviews in October of 2013.

12 Stories didn't tear up the charts -- it peaked at 23 on Billboard's Country chart, never generating a hit single -- but it did secure Clark a contract with Warner. As she worked on her major-label debut, she continued to write -- she placed songs on 2014 albums by Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, and Reba McEntire, along with Kacey Musgraves' 2015 album, Pageant Material -- and in the summer of 2016 she released Big Day in a Small Town, her Warner debut produced by Jay Joyce. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Morton, WA
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    October 9, 1975

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