Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters

Ep. 149 - BRANDY CLARK ("Mama's Broken Heart")

Episode Summary

Five years since our last conversation with Brandy Clark, the six-time Grammy nominee makes an unprecedented second appearance on Songcraft to give us an update on her new album and share additional insights on some of her hits for other artists including The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” and “Biscuits.”

Episode Notes

PART ONE: Scott and Paul chat about watching Cobra Kai, 80s nostalgia, and why bands are re-recording their classic hits for movies. They discuss why Brandy is the first guest to appear on Songcraft twice, and return to 80s movie sequel nostalgia yet again whereupon Paul floats his theory that Rocky III and Rocky IV are the Rubber Soul and Revolver of movies. Somewhere in there's it's decided that Brandy Clark is the Empire Strikes Back of Songcraft. 

PART TWO: Our in-depth conversation with six-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark


Brandy Clark has made a successful career writing songs for other artists, including The Band Perry’s #1 hit “Better Dig Two,” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song and CMA and ACM nominations for Song of the Year. Other highlights from her catalog include Kasey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” which won CMA Song of the Year, as well as cuts by artists such as Reba McEntire, George Strait, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Lindsay Ell, Toby Keith, and Sheryl Crow. 

As a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, her debut album, 12 Stories, earned her Grammy nominations in the categories of Best Country Album and Best New Artist, regardless of genre. The single “Hold My Hand” was nominated for Best Country Song. Her second album, the Grammy-nominated Big Day in a Small Town, was named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and American Songwriter, while the single “Love Can Go to Hell” earned Brandy yet another nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Her most recent album, Your Life is a Record, was released earlier this year, with The New Yorker review noting that “no one is writing better country songs than Brandy Clark is.”   

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