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BRANDY CLARK Live From Los Angeles  Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’ / Stripes / Big Day In A Small Town / Hold My Hand / Daughter / Love Can Go To Hell / Girl Next Door / Get High / When I Get To Drinkin’ / Since You’ve Gone To Heaven / Pray To Jesus Mastered: Tal Miller Warner Brothers Records 43:55 Following a release for Record Store Day in April then, inevitably the intoxicating ring of rge to VINYL: we now offer vinyl on lots of the new releases, just ask. cash tills has overtaken the record company and it’s original offer of exclusivety. The vinyl only version has given way to a digital edition. However, it is worth wider circulation. It’s an acoustic album with Clark and her guitar/vocalist accompanist, Miles Aubrey, recorded live in Los Angeles in September 2016. Brandy Clark is now making her way as an important country music artist after long years paying her dues on the way up. The two preceding studio albums came a long way into her music career and have both been remarkable with blissful traditional country melodies, lyrics that tell stories about love, cheating, drinking and the country music ‘full nine yards’ of chaos. They always have a lot of humour, which is a hallmark of much good country music. Brandy has earned her time in the spotlight after being a ‘go to’ songwriter. Her credits will be found on the albums by Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith, Keith Urban et al. It was time that she grabbed the mic and had the super trouper pointed in her direction. On Live From Los Angeles two of the best country songs ever to have graced these ears appear on each side. Hold My Hand tells the story of being at an event with her beau when his beautiful and confident significant ex appears and her partner is embarrassed and uncomfortable. She offers advice that in order to tell her of the fact that he has moved on and is also confident of where he is now, and who he is with, that he should show this by holding her hand. Since You’ve Gone To Heaven is 4½ minutes of heartbreak – a cataloguing of the events and emotions that have befallen a family since her father died. Her beautiful voice on a wonderfully paced and sparsely arranged song just crushes you. The album offers no new music and the singles get an airing – Stripes, Hungover, Pray To Jesus, Girl Next Door and Love can Go To Hell. Not that being female and getting on US country radio is a formula for success but it does indicate that this album is very accessible and a great place to start if she is new to you. Tony Ives web store: Curtis Wood Distributors P. O. 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