1. Brandy Clark is country. No doubt about it. Clark, who has a cowrite on Miranda Lambert‘s latest single “Mama’s Broken Heart“, as well as on the Band Perry’s latest chart-topper “Better Dig Two“, has an upcoming record with no current street date. Filled with gems about smoking weed, taking pills, going to jail, and a hell of a cheating song, this blend of wit and realism is one of the reasons I am looking forward to the next year. Clark writes from the seedy underbelly of country folk, topping it with a clear, Patty Loveless-like vocal that almost belies the subject matter underneath.

2. Clark is much more country than people who continually outwardly profess to be “countrier than thou”. In fact, she dismisses the idea of country being specific to a Southern location in the first two lines of this song. Without a hint of irony, she lays out a chorus that matter-of-factly states the “two ways we can change tomorrow”, salvation or a winning scratch-off. In the Americana world, this might be shaped as some sort of overly dramatic Dust Bowl desperation, but Clark delivers it in the way a character from a Larry Brown novel might: perfectly aware of her flaw and perfectly unwilling to change.

3. Brandy Clark doesn’t need a laundry list of adjectives to describe how country she is. This song, along with the rest of her record (listen here), show that country is more of a state of being than a collection of fashion accessories and cliches. Being funny in a song is a lost art, and difficult too. Clark makes it look easy here, keeping things lighthearted throughout this exploration of lost causes. Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe have already given us plenty to look forward to about the “Class of 2013″, but Brandy Clark’s unique style adds a whole new element. Very glad that the trend of artists turning into writers has also gone the other way. We will all be better for it.


 
Brandy Clark Pray To Jesus lyrics:

We live in trailers and apartments too
from California to Kalamazoo
grow up get married and when that one ends
we hate sleeping alone so we get married again

don’t wanna be buried in debt or in sin
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto
cause there aint but two ways
we can change tomorrow
and there aint no genie
and there aint no bottle
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto

We love to complain about what we can’t fix
mostly mothers in law traffic and politics
we tell our kids how hard it was back when
same way our parents did to us back then

thought we’d be different but we’re just like them
yeah we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto
cause there aint but two ways
we can change tomorrow
and there aint no genie
and there aint no bottle
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto

we load our kids up in our new used car
and after church we hit the mini mart
behind the counter up there on the wall
it reads 200 million on the power ball

six little numbers that could change it all
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto
cause there aint but two ways
we can change tomorrow
and there aint no genie
and there aint no bottle
so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto