Personal Note: Keep an eye out for Brandy Clark in 2014. She was overlooked in 2013 but that's gonna change this new year. She has one of the best female voices in country music, the attitude and her songwriting abilities are amazing! We highly recommend her cd, "12 Stories", one of the best cd releases of 2013. Brandy Clark is #OnetoWatch.
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Brandy Clark came to Nashville from Morton, Wash., where she watched her grandmother smoke on the front porch as Mount St. Helens erupted a short ways away, and later worked in a fencing mill. Her love for Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, coupled with her perceptive observations of everyday characters, fueled her ascension as a songwriter. Two No. 1 hits — The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” — are Clark co-writes, along with Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” and “It Is What It Is” and songs picked up by Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler, Reba, Darius Rucker and Kenny Rogers.
What’s surprising is why she waited until now to step forward as a performer. Throughout 12 Stories, produced by Dave Brainard and released by Slate Creek Records, Clark gets deep inside each lyric with an understated but tuneful delivery; sometimes ironic, sometimes laconic, she lets the tales speak vividly for themselves.
Her first single, “Stripes” (written by Clark, Matt Jenkins and Shane McAnally), recounts the protagonist’s decision not to blow away her dimwit boyfriend because “I don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes,” told to the twang and gallop of a spaghetti Western soundtrack.
Every other track is a gem too. It’s not necessary to single any of them out; taken individually and as a whole, they confirm that as long as Brandy Clark is around, poetic narrative in the finest tradition of country songwriting will endure.
IN HER OWN WORDS
SONG YOU’D LOVE TO COVER
“‘Here You Come Again.’”
TOP ALBUM ON YOUR PLAYLIST
“A random compilation of sad songs.”
WHAT YOU SING IN THE SHOWER
“I don’t sing in the shower. It’s too easy to inhale water ;).”
WORD YOU SAY OVER AND OVER
“At the end of the day.”
WHAT YOU’D BE IF NOT A MUSICAL ARTIST
GREATEST PERFORMANCE TO DATE
“Opening a show in Carmel, Ind., for Sheryl Crow – perfect venue and perfect audience.”
FAVORITE FOOD ON THE ROAD
SOMETHING WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU
“I spent my first two summers after school fighting forest fires.”
On the Web: www.BrandyClarkMusic.com
On Twitter: @TheBrandyClark
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Multi-Faceted Entertainer Billy Dawson Co-Pens and Records “Born To Lead” For Rotary Lombardi Award
Music Video To Air At Lombardi Award Ceremony Live On CBS Sports Network December 11, Hosted By Spencer Tillman
The song and accompanying music video will hit airwaves for millions of viewers during the Rotary Lombardi Award Ceremony live on CBS Sports Network December 11 at 7:30 pm central. “Born To Lead” will be available for download on iTunes immediately following the broadcast. An encore presentation will air on December 12 at 3:00 pm central on CBS Sports Network.
“It’s such an honor to co-write and record ‘Born To Lead’ for the iconic Lombardi awards,” says Dawson. “We were all born to lead but only some step into that position and become a positive influence to everyone around them.”
The video, filmed in Nashville at LP Field, features a performance by Dawson and profiles each of the Lombardi Award finalists. This year’s finalists include Anthony Barr (UCLA), Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), CJ Mosley (Alabama) and Michael Sam (Missouri).
Dawson adds, “I am honored to be involved with such a great organization and excited to work with Mr. Spencer Tillman, a man of great integrity that is the true definition of being a born leader.”
NEW LIFETIME MOVIE SET TO PREMIERE ON SAT., DEC. 14, AT 8 PM ET/PT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 10, 2013) - Award-winning country music star RANDY TRAVIS, who portrays local store owner Mr. Greenhall, joins One Tree Hill alums Hilarie Burton and Tyler Hilton as they reunite in “Christmas On The Bayou,” a charming love story set to premiere on Saturday, December 14, at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
When successful New York marketing executive Katherine (Burton) discovers her workaholic ways are taking a toll on her eight-year-old son, Zac, she decides to spend Christmas with him and her mother, Lilly (Markie Post) in her home town on the bayou. When Caleb (Hilton) tries to rekindle a childhood romance and convince her to move back home, Katherine is torn between the bright lights of the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. Only a Christmas miracle orchestrated by Papa Noel (Ed Asner) can steer her heart to her true home.
2014 LINEUP ALSO FEATURES TRAIN, SHERYL CROW, BILLY CURRINGTON, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, ZIGGY MARLEY, BRETT ELDREDGE, BRETT DENNEN, DELTA RAE, COLE SWINDELL, AND MANY MORE
ADVANCE TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 10am EST at www.tortugamusicfestival.com
Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 10, 2013 – Multiple award-winning recording and performing artists Luke Bryan and Eric Church will be hitting the beach this spring as headliners when Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival returns to the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Florida on April 12th and 13th.
As tens of thousands of fans enjoy the sun, songs, sand and surf at the unique oceanfront event, Bryan and Church will be joined by fellow first-wave lineup artists including San Francisco multi-platinum act Train, nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, country chart-topper Billy Currington, rock, folk, reggae and funk beach fusion pioneers Slightly Stoopid, reggae legend Ziggy Marley, powerhouse vocalist Brett Eldredge, folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, inventive roots rockers Delta Rae, “Chillin’ It” singer and celebrated songwriter Cole Swindell, Nashville rockers Moon Taxi, genre-jumping septet The Revivalists, folk/funk band White Denim, “Helluva Life” hit-maker Frankie Ballard, Paste’s ‘Best of What’s Next’ sibling duo Brothers Osborne, “How She Rolls” singer Chase Rice, “Booze Cruise” hit makers Blackjack Billy, modern folk rockers Sons of Fathers and blues-infused rock band Quaker City Nighthawks. Additional top-name talent will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“We’ve been incredibly excited to announce our 2014 lineup,” says HUKA Entertainment co-founder and CEO A.J. Niland. “We set out to build on last year’s foundation by putting together an amazing weekend at the beach with an incredible group of country, rock and roots acts. We feel we we’ve done exactly that, and hope our lineup brings just as much sunshine to our fans’ holiday season as it has to ours.”
A limited number of Advanced-priced tickets go on sale this Friday, December 13, at 10am EST at www.tortugamusicfestival.com. Two-day general admission festival ticket prices start at $155. Complete festival pricing, including Advance and Regular prices for GA, VIP and Super VIP tickets, can also now be found at www.tortugamusicfestival.com.
CMT will partner with Tortuga Music Festival for its 2014 event, providing content and contests across its television, internet, social and radio network platforms. Details will be revealed shortly at www.cmt.com and www.tortugamusicfestival.com.
Produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment and created with the Rock the Ocean Foundation, Tortuga Music Festival serves to celebrate the event’s oceanfront setting while raising awareness of issues impacting the world’s oceans and also support marine research and conservation. This year’s festival will once again include a one-of-a-kind Conservation Village on site, with nearly two dozen organizations and exhibitions to provide attendees with information and tools to help protect the world’s oceans and marine resources.
Last year’s inaugural festival drew more than 25,000 music fans from all over the world and raised more than $70,000 from ticket proceeds and donations for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and other marine conservation organizations.
“It just feels great to be able to support our Conservation Village partners with funding for their important work,” says Rock The Ocean founder Chris Stacey. “To know that we played some small part in making sure that our coral reefs are better protected, or that scientists at Nova and the University of Miami might be able to learn a little more about shark behavior, just gives me an amazing feeling of pride."
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