Concert Review: Brandy Clark brings country to the M-Shop

Caroline Shaw

Brandy Clark is a relatively new name in country music and country radio but chances are you know a song or two she’s written for big names like Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and The Band Perry. 

Thursday night, April 7, Brandy brought new music off of her unreleased album as well as a few hit songs to a “small but mighty crowd” as she called the audience. 

Dan Tedesco warmed up the crowd with an acoustic set. Even with just him and his guitar, he had the crowd tapping their toes and swaying along. He kept the talking to a minimum and packed eight songs into his short set. Most of the songs played were off of the self-titled album he released in October.

After a short break and stage reset Brandy Clark took the stage wearing a sharp, all black outfit including leather pants and a snappy blazer. She opened with an easy going sound and transitioned into a more upbeat song before addressing the crowd and thanking them all for coming.

In her third song, the lyric “and the crowd goes wild” was met with massive cheers from the crowd. 

Clark was not going to let a sinus infection interfere with a great night. She kept going and played brand new songs called “Homecoming Queen” and “Daughter” off of her new album “Big Day in a Small Town” which will come out June 10. 

Clark even performed an acoustic version of “Girl Next Door” which she also performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

After a restart for a drink of water she played “Ain’t My Mama’s Broken Heart,” a song that was recorded by Miranda Lambert. The audience was in charge of singing the first two choruses. After the song, Clark thanked everyone for helping her out and said that it might not be the last song she would need some help on.

Clark continued with another big song. In fact, this was one of her first big songs as a songwriter. It was originally titled “Put Me in the Ground,” but when The Band Perry recorded it the title was changed to “Better Dig Two”.

The next big name song played was “Follow Your Arrow,” which was recorded by Kacey Musgraves. Clark said Musgraves wanted a song about arrows on the album because she wanted to have arrows in the art on the cover of her album. Clark thought it was going to just be a song they wrote for fun, but it was released as a single and gained huge popularity on country radio.

Clark concluded the show with several songs off of her own albums. 

This is probably one of the last times anyone will see Brandy Clark in this small of a venue. There is no doubt she will build an even bigger reputation and fan base very quickly.