It’s been just over a year since critically-acclaimed touring artist Brandy Clark released her sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town, which garnered two 2017 GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (“Love Can Go To Hell”). As reported today by Rolling Stone Country, the songstress who has been heralded as “country music’s most reliable character witness” (The Washington Post) returns with new music in a digital release of the sharply witty “You’re Drunk,” available now.
Written with her longtime collaborators Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally while in a West Hollywood hotel room writing for Big Day, Clark shares its origin: “It’s funny, I never took this song seriously if that makes sense. However, when we went in to cut it, it immediately became a favorite—it just came to life—but, at the time, it just didn’t fit overall vibe on Big Day… I remember thinking even then we’d have to find a way to get it out.” Clark soon took a band on the road with her, bridging beyond the singer/songwriter moniker that launched her career, and that change also expanded what she could perform live with such a strong musician in upright bass player Vanessa McGowan. “It’s such a different song than say ‘Three Kids No Husband,’ but like that song, I didn’t realize how much the audience loved it until I played ‘You’re Drunk’ live. Their response is so exciting; I’m happy to now have it available for the fans asking ‘where can I hear this?’”
Dubbed by Garden & Gun as “the best songwriter in Nashville,” Clark has established herself as one of country music’s greatest storytellers. Last year marked several successful acoustic tours and the release of Big Day in a Small Town, which was produced by Jay Joyce and has been revered as “gritty and visceral” (Associated Press), “aggressive and big-grinned” (SPIN) and also “made her one of country’s driving forces” (TIME). Rolling Stone praised, “it’s music tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops…Clark is good at bending country boilerplate.”
Big Day in a Small Town is self-proclaimed “cousin” to Clark’s critically acclaimed debut album, 12 Stories, which was featured on “Best of” lists from New York Magazine, NPR, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, New York Post and The Boston Globe in 2013. That same year, Los Angeles Times called it “the country debut of the year.”