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Brandy Clark, a not-so-famous country artist...

Brandy Clark was reared in Morton, Washington, a logging town of only 900 people in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. As a child in the 1980s she was influenced by the country-pop and traditional country music artists she heard her parents and grandmother play like Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. Clark cites the Patsy Cline movie "Sweet Dreams" as being one of her biggest early influences.

She first picked up the guitar at nine years old and made her singing debut in school musicals. Her mother encouraged her to write songs. Brandy abandoned her music for a period in high school, instead devoting her energies to sports, eventually attending college on a basketball scholarship at Central Washington University. She later quit basketball and moved back home where she obtained an associates degree from a community college. When she entered her first year of college, she started to get more serious about music taking guitar lessons again and joined a band along with her mother and a friend. As a teenager she discovered the music business program at Belmont University, so she enrolled and moved to Nashville in 1998. She studied commercial music and was chosen to perform in the school's prestigious “Best of the Best Showcase.” Upon graduation, Clark landed a job with Leadership Music, a job which led to her eventual publishing deal.

In 2011 "Mama's Broken Heart", written by Clark with Shane McAnally (her frequent collaborator) and Kacey Musgraves, appeared on Miranda Lambert's album Four the Record. It was released on January 14, 2013 as the fourth single reaching No.2 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs & Billboard Country Airplay charts. Clark’s biggest success to date was as the co-writer along with McAnally and Trevor Rosen when she celebrated a No.1 song ASCAP Party at an industry gathering for The Band Perry‘s third No.1 hit, "Better Dig Two".

As a Music Row songwriter Clark writes songs that are mostly about the seedy underbelly of country folk. They are observational pieces based on flawed characters that tell the truth on the human condition. They contain dark humour, with a blend of wit and realism, whilst having the artistic license to make them fictional.

In 2012 she opened shows for Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow. Brandy found an advocate in country artist Marty Stuart when on Saturday December 8, 2012 she joined him to make her Grand Ole Opry debut when she played his Grand Ole Opry Anniversary celebration and also at his Late Night Jam at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

At the beginning of 2013 Brandy was chosen by CMT as one of the “Women of Country”, a year long promotion featuring up and coming artists. In December 2012, Clark digitally released a self-titled 3 track EP including songs “Pray to Jesus”, “Stripes” and “Take a Little Pill”. The song "Stripes" was released as a single and the official video made its CMT debut on July 4, 2013. It was directed by Becky Fluke (Little Big Town, Pistol Annies) and HLN's Nancy Grace plays a cameo role.

As a co-writer of Miranda Lambert's Mama's Broken Heart, on Sept 10, 2013 Brandy received a nomination in the Song of the Year category (presented to the songwriters) for the 47th Annual CMA Awards broadcast which will be held in Nashville on November 6, 2013. She is also twice nominated for Song of the Year at the 4th Annual American Country Awards which will be held in Las Vegas on Dec 10, 2013.

On Oct 22, 2013 she released her debut album 12 Stories produced by Dave Brainard (Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Neimann), it features Vince Gill on background vocals. It made its debut at No.28 on the Billboard.

(Source: Wikipedia)

A Vintage Chesney's Song Sounds Brand New

So, there's this song called "Lindy" on Kenny Chesney's upcoming album, Life on a Rock, and he says he wrote it seven years ago. To put that into perspective, that would've been around the same time Chesney was recording "Beer in Mexico," which he also wrote, along with his songs "Who You'd Be Today" and "Living in Fast Forward." All great tunes. So does this new one sound old, or does he take an old one and make it new again? I'd say a little bit of both because it's classic Chesney and the plot line is based on an island somewhere.

Lindy is, I think, a homeless man who Chesney says strolls around and around and around. "He plays piano at the church when nobody's watching/Takes cigarettes from strangers/And sometimes you see him talking to himself/Laughing to himself." According to a press release, the song was written to "distill the sweet spirit of an island man who seemed to never have a home, yet was at home wherever he wandered." That's certainly a nice way of saying he's homeless. "Everybody knew Lindy. You'd just see him, walking along, talking to himself," Chesney said in the release. "Never quite sure what or whether he knew what was going on, and yet he always had a smile on his face, and sometimes you really would see him playing piano in the little church when nobody was watching." If you preorder Chesney's new album at iTunes, you get "Lindy" as an instant download. And if you want to go a little deeper into vintage Chesney territory and hear more songs about men who are overcoming tough times, listen to "That's Why I'm Here" and "The Tin Man." And for one about an island-dwelling local who's actually doing really well, try "The Life."

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Darius Rucker's new album release date announced

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker has scheduled a May 21 release date for True Believers, his third country album, he announced Thursday (March 14). He wrote 10 of 12 songs on the album produced by Frank Rogers. The current single, "Wagon Wheel," was written by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor from an unfinished song written by Bob Dylan. "I'm very proud of this record," Rucker said. "The songs, the co-writes, the vibe -- it's all really different from what we've recorded and released on the past two albums, and I hope that difference resonates with the fans." He launches his True Believers tour on May 9 in Estero, Florida.

Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum to support Tim McGraw


Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum ont été ajoutés à la liste des interprètes  du ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night, un concert spécial qui devrait être enregistré le 8 avril prochain au MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas. Comme annoncé précédemment, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan et Taylor Swift se produiront également lors de l'événement qui sera diffusé à une date ultérieure sur la chaîne CBS. Le concert événement de deux heures aura lieu le lendemain soir de la cérémonie des 48èmes ACM Awards et sera donné au bénéfice de l’ACM Lifting Lives, l’association caritative, créée par l’Academy of Country Music, qui se consacre essentiellement à l'amélioration de la vie à travers le pouvoir émotionnel de la musique.

Today in Country Music History

 

Aujourd'hui dans l'histoire de la Country Music:

14 mars 1970

Le single de Merle Haggard, "The Fightin' Side of Me", tiré de l'album du meme titre, devient numéro 1 du BillBoard Country Chart.

 

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