Brandy Clark’s “Hold My Hand” Receives Grammy Nomination
This is Clark’s Fourth Career GRAMMY Nomination in Just Two Years
Brandy Clark's "Hold My Hand" was announced Monday Dec 7, 2015 as a GRAMMY nominee for Country Song of the Year.
The song, written by Clark and Mark Stephen Jones, is from Clark's debut album 12 Stories, which was originally released by Slate Creek Records before being re-released by Warner Bros. Records.
Clark performed the song with Dwight Yoakam earlier this year on the 2015 GRAMMY Awards in one of the night's most talked-about moments.
Clark, who has spent much of the year working on her upcoming second album due out in 2016, said, "Wow! I was not expecting this news today. What a surprise and a fantastic way to start my week. I appreciate the support and respect from the GRAMMY voters. It means the world to me."
ICYMI: Our Album of the Year for 2013 was Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories.
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12 Stories, the debut album from Grammy and CMA-nominated singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.
Teaming up with producer Dave Brainard (Jerrod Niemann, Ray Scott), Brandy used her writing gift and distinctly country voice to craft 12 Stories, a record that has touched everyone lucky enough to hear it.
What the Press said:
CD of The Month (5 STARS) Country Music People - Read the Review
Allmusic (Rating: 4.5 Stars) the superb 12 Stories showcases a unique artist who stands firmly, proudly on her own merits.
American Songwriter (Rating: 4 STARS) ..a record full of humor and pain, remorse and reckoning, is one of the very best country debuts of 2013.
Billboard (by Chuck Dauphin) “Wow” ...I don’t think I have ever started a review so simply in my decade-plus of writing them. But, sometimes, you can say a lot more with less than you can otherwise
Country Weekly (Rating: A+) ...a staggeringly great collection of original tunes that paint vivid, honest portraits of real life, from a uniquely feminine perspective....While the men are stuck in the backwoods, Brandy is busy digging through the human condition.
Entertainment Weekly (Rating: B+) Clark keeps things edgy, singing about divorce, drugs, jail, and Jesus—a.k.a. country music’s Golden Quadrangle—with matter-of-fact sass and ample twang.
The L.A. Times (Rating: 3.5/4 STARS). …find this record and listen to a dozen dazzlingly witty and insightful takes on the struggles of the working class, neglected and/or mistreated women, the battle between right and wrong and the pros and cons of chemical mood enhancers....This is the country debut of the year.
Roughstock (Rating: 5 STARS)..... There's not one throw away track, one throw away note, or one throw away lyric. Instead, it's a well-made and produced and definitely worth seeking out.
NY Post (rating; 4 STARS) ...this is the most compulsively re-playable album of 2013, country or otherwise
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
THE MAVERICKS MAKE MAGIC ONCE AGAIN
WITH TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
WITH TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Recognized in Best American Roots Song & Best Americana Album
Categories Two Decades After Last Win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ever enticing loyal fans with their unique fusion of melodies and charisma that evoke a palpable groove, The Mavericks have once again impressed an elite industry group. The troupe of musical comrades — Raul Malo (lead vocals), Paul Deakin (drums), Eddie Perez (guitars) and Jerry Dale McFadden(keyboards) — earned two GRAMMY nominations this morning in both the Best American Roots Song (“All Night Long”) and Best Americana Album (Mono) categories.
The honor comes two decades after they took home Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Here Comes the Rain.”
Pictured (L-R): Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin, Jerry Dale McFadden, Raul Malo
“We are incredibly grateful that our music is able to do exactly what we intended … free people from themselves and their struggles,” shared Malo. “On the road our fans dance, cry, sing, laugh and get into a vibe that transcends outside obstacles like race, language and social status. Thank you to the Recording Academy for noticing and again believing in the Mavericks.”
Continued Perez, “this band has always defied the odds and expectations … a country band from Miami with a Cuban singer? But it works, because people feel the passion.”
The Mavericks have re-emerged with an unbridled urgency since signing to Big Machine Label Group imprint the Valory Music Co. — named the Americana Music Awards Duo/Group of theYear; producing two well-received albums, In Time (2013) and Mono (2015), the latter of which spent two weeks at #1 on the Americana Airplay Charts; debuting new music on national television shows such as NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers (“All Night Long”), TBS’ Conan (“Summertime (When I’m With You)”) and CBS This Morning Saturday (“Back in Your Arms Again”).
(16 Feb 2015) Mavericks - Mono (Decca/ The Valory Music)
Music critics across the globe experiencing the headline Mono Mundo Tour and listening to the fresh tracks enthused:
“The ability to transcend time, to merge Latin cultures seamlessly with American rock/pop/country standards, to offer the erogenous without salacious slather, The Mavericks […] created a new world for post-country country—as musically satisfying as it is hormone-peaking.”
“The Mavericks became great by cutting through the din in smoky rooms where studio tricks didn't factor in — only a killer voice, indelible hooks and the ability to draw in even the most distracted listeners.”
"Country's coolest, most versatile band, led by the silver-throated Raul Malo, returns with more country infused with elements of world music, rock, jazz and whatever else the group has decided to throw in.”
“…their sound is as sleek as ever. The record was recorded in just five days; that fact alone testifies to how strong they are live.”
—THE VILLAGE VOICE
“With a sound as distinctive as John Fogerty or even Steely Dan, they managed to not only reconstitute themselves, but retain their visionary musically integrity … they’ve caught lightning in a bottle yet again.”
“It’s big, bold and still stands out next to anything coming from Nashville.”
Malo will join a host of talent during the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Songconcert event to honor Willie Nelson, airing on PBS on January 15, 2016.
The 2016 GRAMMY Awards air on Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.For upcoming tour dates and more, visit TheMavericksBand.com.