Brandy Clark, is causing quite the conversation with her new album, Big Day in a Small Town that debuted Top Ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The 4x GRAMMY-nominated artist continues to prove the June 10 release is a strong follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut album, 12 Stories, when it was recently placed on Rolling Stone’s 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far and, according to TIME Magazine, tells stories that “populate her Town with characters whose personalities spring in full from the smallest details.”
To follow her national TV appearances on Live with Kelly June 14 and Late Night with Seth Meyers June 15, Clark stopped in to play her powerful tracks, “Daughter,” “Since You’ve Gone to Heaven” and current single, “Girl Next Door” off of Big Day for NPR’s Tiny Desk June 20. Clark’s performance of “Girl Next Door” on Ellen, which originally aired on April 7, re-aired today.
“When Clark steps in front of a mic and turns on the charm,” wrote NPR of her Tiny Desk performance, “her humor pulls the audience right into every single joke.”
The singer/songwriter’s small-town storytelling has already made an impression on those who have browsed the 11-song, Jay-Jones-produced album. “Clark focuses her sharp eye on the American map’s tiniest dots,” TIME wrote of her songs’ imagery, “those areas too small for a Waffle House or a Walmart, where porches serve as gathering places and where gossip can spread like wildfire.”
Clark’s sophomore album centers around small town life, with songs that “map a small collection of streets, landmarks, loves, betrayals and heartbreaks that cohere into a place as particular and as universal as Winesburg or Grover’s Corners” (NPR).
“I really developed a love for small towns when my dad died and I went home for his memorial service, and there were so many people they had to have it in a gym,” Clark told NPR about the inspiration for her album. “And that’s not an uncommon thing in a small town, but anywhere else in the world, that only happens for a celebrity.”
According to Rolling Stone, Clark reaches a wide audience with her music that is “tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops.”
Brandy Clark Tour Dates:
June 24 Brenton Skating Plaza Des Moines, Iowa
June 25 The Rave/Eagles Club Milwaukee, Wis.
July 7 Halloran Centre Memphis, Tenn.
July 8 George’s Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, Ark.
July 14 Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill Selden, N.Y.
July 21 Constellation Brands – Marvin Performing Artst Center Canandaigua, N.Y
July 22 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Gilford, N.H.
July 23 Forest Hills Stadium Forest Hills, N.Y.
July 29 Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, Iowa
July 30 City Winery Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 4 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, N.Y.
Aug. 5 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, Ohio
Aug. 12 The Camp House Chattanooga, Tenn.
Aug. 18 Goldfield Trading Post Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 19 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Lancaster, Calif.