As in all of Clark’s songs, the writing here is subtle and evocative. I love the key line of the chorus (“this would be a real good time to hold my hand”), which reads a bit jokey but Clark sings with nervous resignation.
I had a hard time coming up with a choice for this challenge off the top of my head. So I started going through the artists in my YouTube library alphabetically hoping something would hit me.
I made it to only the B’s before that happened.
Recent new releases by Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Lucinda Williams, Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark have earned time on my playlists while Chris Stapleton is the only country dude to claim that honor.
Country songwriter turned performer Brandy Clark received critical acclaim and modest commercial success with her 2013 debut 12 Stories, an album I called the 7th best of the current decade a couple of years back. It’s that good.
Three years later, Clark has released her sophomore effort, Big Day in a Small Town, and it’s another winner. It has some of the same tricks up its sleeve as 12 Stories — no-nonsense female protagonists, hard-luck stories, gently ribald humor. It could easily be titled 12 More Stories. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
#7 – Brandy Clark – 12 Stories
Last week I wrote about Kacey Musgrave’s excellent debut album. Well, Brandy Clark is the woman I hope Musgraves grows up to become.
The 35-year-old Washington native has carved out a career writing songs for other people (most notably Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry) but her solo debut, 12 Stories, is a true work of art.
The final female country singer on my countdown, Brandy Clark, put out one of the best albums of the year in any genre.
Her 12 Stories is an elegant, focused and resonant work that calls to mind Bonnie Raitt and Mary Chapin Carpenter but still feels wholly original.
Already we’ve had a delightful second album by Pistol Annies, and stellar debuts by Ashley Monroe (one third of the Annies) and Kacey Musgraves (who has ridden her refreshing, gay-friendly millennial outlook to a CMA award for Best New Artist and enough crossover appeal to land a gig on Ellen).