Brandy Clark to perform here Dec. 2

Singer-songwriter favors traditional country music
By: 

Rob Wyman For the Enterprise & News


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Country music singer and songwriter Brandy Clark will perform at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Advance tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased online at www.rubbersoulproductions.com. or at Hanke’s Sentry Foods in Wittenberg.

In anticipation of her 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 performance at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium, singer-songwriter Brandy Clark took some time off from her busy schedule for an interview with Rob Wyman of Rubber Soul Productions LLC.

Q: You grew up in the small logging town of Morton, Washington. What are your fondest memories of small-town life?

A: My favorite memories of growing up in a small town are growing up next door to my grandma and grandpa. My brother and I spent our summers swimming in the river behind our house with our neighbors. And then, of course, I loved being so involved in sports in a small town.

Q: Music has always been a big part of your life, but there was a time when music took a back seat to sports, specifically basketball. In fact, you attended Central Washington University on a basketball scholarship. Do you follow professional sports today? If so, what sports and what teams?

A: Music definitely took a back seat to sports probably from junior high through the end of high school. Once I graduated high school, the music bug really bit me and is honestly why I didn’t continue with basketball longer. I still follow college basketball every year when March Madness rolls around.

Q: You’ve had tremendous success as a songwriter. Your songs have been recorded by Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Toby Keith, to name a few. Have you ever specifically written a song with a recording artist in mind?

A: I have written songs with specific artists in mind, but it’s never turned into them recording them. I do best to just try and write the best song I can and let it find its home, whether it’s with me or another artist.

Q: You made your Grand Ole Opry debut with Marty Stuart and also appeared on an episode of his television show. What has your relationship with Marty Stuart meant to you?

A: You know, I was a huge fan of Marty growing up, and so I was pretty blown away when he heard my music and reached out to me. He’s one of those artists that, for me, is the bar of integrity and has had the kind of career that I aspire to. Knowing him is a real bonus, and he’s done a lot for my career, just out of the kindness of his heart.

Q: Your work has been recognized with six Grammy nominations in the past five years, as well as nominations from the Academy of Country Music and a Country Music Association win in 2014. What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: I’m pretty proud of all of those nominations, especially the Grammys because those are peer voted. I think probably my proudest accomplishment, though, was having the courage to put my first record out. I had been a staff songwriter for several years, made that record and although it was good, everyone passed on it as far as major labels. An independent label, Slate Creek Records, released it, and the rest is history.

Q: Today’s country music looks and sounds a lot different than the country music of old. What are your thoughts on the current state of country music?

A: I think that country music is always evolving and changing. I lean toward the more traditional side of it, and I just hope to always have a place in it with that.

Q: When not touring or making music, what do you like to do for fun?

A: Believe it or not, I really like to work out. I also like to spend a lot of time with my godson and friends.

Q: You are obviously a music fan. Can you name an artist or band that you really enjoy, that may surprise people?

A: I think people would be surprised to know that I’m a big fan of the Carpenters.

Q: Where was the most unique place you’ve ever performed?

A: The most unique place I have ever performed is probably on the back of a flatbed truck in too many hot parking lots.

Q: What can people expect to hear at your show in Wittenberg on Saturday, Dec. 2?

A: People can expect to hear a roller coaster of emotions. They can expect to laugh, cry and laugh again. I promise they will be entertained.

The concert is presented by Rubber Soul Productions LLC and Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. Community partners include WDEZ and Best Western.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Brandy Clark concert

WHERE: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Tickets are available at Hanke’s Sentry Foods in Wittenberg or online at www.rubbersoulproductions.com. All seats are reserved and cost $22.50 each in advance and $27.50 day of show.

FYI: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School choral students will sell concessions. The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will sell 50/50 raffle tickets.