Watch Out! Brandy Clark – “Stripes” and “Pray To Jesus” [VODEO]

Brandy Clark

In the last few years we’ve seen a growing wave of unique renegades willing to give Music Row a steely stare-down in it’s twinkling, guided eye and adamantly refuse to become another cloned hat act.

This isn’t the first time it’s been done. The Bakersfield Sound with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard ran rings around Nashville from California and the original Outlaws packed up and did the same from Austin, TX.

Refreshingly, the current wave of musical misfits are women.

The Dixie Chicks kicked open the door for the likes of Miranda Lambert, Ashton Shepherd, Ashley Monroe and Kellie Pickler, Close on their heels came Kacey Musgraves. Now you can add Brandy Clark to that prestigious list of women reared on Loretta and Tammy but talented enough to bring the craft into the 21st century.

Like the original Music City Misfits Clark has worked both sides of he fence. She’s penned Country charting #1 hits for The Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”) and Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart) as well as Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow.”

On her single, “Stripes,” Clark channels Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John as she teaches her cheating husband the Cold Hard Facts of Life. Well, she would, but her good taste saves her from life without parole. It;s a brilliant gender reversal on a song that would typically been covered by Haggard or Cash.

“Pray To Jesus” narrative of small town desperation is similar to Musgraves “Merry Go Round,” but less detached and glib and more empathetic and bittersweet. The sentiment is made more so by Willie-esque twinkling piano, lonesome harmonica and Spanish guitar.

i can’t begin to tell you how thrilling it is to hear the bravery of conviction and shear talent in an artist like Brandy Clark. These are women raided on Loretta and Haggard as well as Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams. Songs matter with these women.

“Stripes” and “Pray To Jesus” are on Clarks upcoming full-length debut “12 Stories.” Out October 22nd.

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6 thoughts on “Watch Out! Brandy Clark – “Stripes” and “Pray To Jesus” [VODEO]

  1. Pat
    1 September, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Bringing country back

  2. Melissa
    2 September, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Great songwriter. Kacey Musgraves totally ripped everything from this woman……her songwriting style, her phrasing…everything….and doesn’t come close to having this talent.

  3. Larue
    2 September, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Discovered this songwriter/SINGER on Marty Stuart show. Thank the stars for Marty’s belief in great music and this girl. She brings that breath of fresh air to the waves of country. No songs about trucks from her! Amazing talent! We are awaiting the release of her album with huge anticipation. October can’t get here soon enough for me.

  4. Baron Lane
    2 September, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Wow, lots of traffic on this post overnight! I’m very excited to see artists like Clark that are will to be courageous enough to create great music that celebrates country music’s history.

  5. Barbara
    2 September, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Absolutely love this lady. I too found her through Marty Stuart’s show and the Opry. Only good things to come for this talented person.

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