The big news in country music Tuesday (3-22) was that critically-acclaimed songwriter and performer Brandy Clark would be releasing her sophomore studio album Big Day in a Small Town on June 10th. Featuring 11 tracks and produced by Jay Joyce, the album is highly anticipated after the reception her debut album 12 Stories received.
“When I made ’12 Stories,’ I think my dreams were a lot more realistic, in that I didn’t expect a lot to happen… then it did,” Clark says. “This time, my dreams are very much what they were when I was going to Vince Gill and Patty Loveless concerts and decided I was going to move to Nashville. Right now, my dreams are as big as when I was naïve enough to really dream them.”
Clark goes on to say about the new album, “All these songs, there’s some little truth in them, somewhere, that resonates with me or that is about me.”
But one question some Brandy Clark fans are asking is why the album has been delayed until June 10th. Initially Big Day in a Small Town was scheduled to be released on April 1st. Though no big fancy press release was ever distributed about the April 1st release date like it was on Tuesday, April 1st had been circled on the calendar, and outlets like Country Weekly and The Washington Post had reported on it. The April 1st date had also been reported through many metadata sources. Now April 1st is being slotted as the pre-order date—nearly 2 1/2 months before the release, which is a little bit strange timing for a pre-order.
Perhaps the delay is to give her first single “Girl Next Door” a little more time to gain traction on country radio. The dance club-style country pop song is meandering on the airplay charts in the upper 40’s at the moment, which is not entirely unexpected from a female country artist. But with the pop-like production of the song, her label was probably hoping for a little more love from radio to help prop up sales of Big Day in a Small Town. If country radio is ignoring Kacey Musgraves, it’s hard to see them paying attention to Brandy Clark.
Regardless of why there was a delay, there’s no turning back now for Big Day in a Small Town. And no matter one’s feelings on the song “Girl Next Door,” the album still remains a release to anticipate after the strength of Brandy’s 12 Stories.
1. “Soap Opera” (Brandy Clark/Bryan Simpson)
2. “Girl Next Door” (Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Shane McAnally)
3. “Homecoming Queen” (Brandy Clark/Luke Laird/Shane McAnally)
4. “Broke” (Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne)
5. “You Can Come Over” (Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Mark Narmore)
6. “Love Can Go To Hell” (Brandy Clark/Scott Stepakoff)
7. “Big Day In A Small Town” (Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Mark D. Sanders)
8. “Three Kids No Husband” (Brandy Clark/Lori McKenna)
9. “Daughter” (Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Jeremy Spillman)
10. “Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’” (Brandy Clark)
11. “Since You’ve Gone to Heaven” (Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally)