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Clark, Ballard top releases

Friday, June 10, 2016 – Brandy Clark and Frankie Ballard top the release schedule this week.

Clark is out with "Big Day in a Small Town," mixing more traditional and modern country sounds on her debut for Warner. Clark has gained much acclaim as a songwriter for the likes of Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry and Jennifer Nettles. She also received much praise for her 2014 release "12 Stories." The new disc contains 11 songs with small town characters and females dominating the themes.

Ballard is out with "El Rio," his fourth release. The lead single from the 11-song release is "It All Started With a Beer." The Michigan native had a hand in writing two of the songs. Chris Stapleton contributed a few songs as well. The release also includes Bob Seger's "You'll Accomp'ny Me," from his "Against the Wind" disc.

Tara Thompson releases a five-song EP, "Someone to Take Your Place." The self-described hillbilly, who is a cousin of Loretta Lynn, opts for a more traditional sound with some modern touches. The title track is the first single with the true story "Pregnant at the Prom" and "Jail" also on the release.

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Big Day in a Small Town CD review - Big Day in a Small Town
There are two components to Brandy Clark. First is her songwriting, which gained her much street cred, penning songs for the likes of Miranda Lambert ("Mama's Broken Heart" with Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally), The Band Perry ("Better Dig Two"), Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and a slew for Musgraves and Jennifer Nettles. And then there's her own artistic career with her major label debut finally coming close to three years after her extremely well-received (with »»»
12 Stories CD review - 12 Stories
Songwriter Brandy Clark moved to Nashville from Washington more than 15 years ago, penning songs recorded by The Band Perry (Better Dig Two), Miranda Lambert (Mama's Broken Heart), Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow) and Sheryl Crow (Homecoming Queen). On her debut, Clark weaves her crystal voice around her sparse, emotional lyrics, creating a colorful quilt of stories that cover the lives of people trying to deal with loneliness, lost love, loss and cope with the vagaries daily life. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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