After critically-acclaimed country recording artist Brandy Clark hit Los Angeles’ renowned Hotel Café last year, Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that she “by and large is handling her transformation from behind-the-scenes songwriter to woman in the spotlight pretty effortlessly.” Clark went on later that summer to a smashingly successful release of her sophomore album, Big Day In A Small Town, which garnered her two GRAMMY nominations and topped “Best Of” lists from critics such as NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Now, Clark is releasing her iconic Hotel Café performance with her first ever live album, Live From Los Angeles, which Lewis calls “smart to the core.” Live From Los Angeles is available now at digital retailers.
Lewis shared after an exclusive interview with Clark, “Between Clark’s consistently smart lyrics, her ever twisting and turning melodies and (guitarist Miles) Aubrey’s tasty guitar fills and solos, there’s never a dull moment in the new 11-track album.”
Clark released an exclusive limited-run of Live From Los Angeles vinyl albums in April in honor of Record Store Day and earlier this summer, released an outtake from her Big Day In A Small Town sessions; instant crowd-favorite “You’re Drunk” that Rolling Stone praised as a “reggae-tinged,” “hilariously hopped-up” track with a “saucy storyline.”
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 Stonepraised, “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 andThe Boston Globe in 2013. That same year, Los Angeles Times called it “the country debut of the year.”