Song of the Day #3,381: ‘Three Kids No Husband’ – Brandy Clark

Time to get deep on Day 19 of the 30 Day Music Challenge, as we are asked to offer up ‘A Song That Makes You Think About Life.’

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.

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Song of the Day #3,119: ‘Big Day in a Small Town’ – Brandy Clark

brandy_clark_big_day_small_townMy appreciation for country music continued in 2016, but I’ve learned that — Brad Paisley aside — it’s isolated to the fairer sex.

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.

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Song of the Day #2,935: ‘Love Can Go to Hell’ – Brandy Clark

brandy_clark_big_day_small_townCountry 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.

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Song of the Day #2,312: ‘The Day She Got Divorced’ – Brandy Clark

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Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#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.

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Song of the Day #1,951: ‘Get High’ – Brandy Clark

brandy_clark_12_stories2013 has been a great year for country women.

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).

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