One year ago, almost to the day, Brandy Clark released her third studio album Your Life Is a Record. Like so many other artists and performers, Clark’s new material didn’t get to see much of the road or many audiences around the nation, but the material still commanded the attention of country music critics and fans everywhere. The album landed firmly in multiple Best of 2020 lists and she earned two Grammy nominations: one for Best Country Album and one for Best Country Solo Performance (“Who You Thought I Was”). To give the album due respect, Clark is releasing Your Life Is a Record (Deluxe) on March 5. This isn’t your everyday deluxe version; the rerelease will feature six new recordings, including two live versions of the original songs and four brand new members to the track list. As a sneak peak, she released an alternate version of “The Past Is the Past,” featuring and produced by Lindsey Buckingham.
Clark recalls, “A few years ago, Lindsey heard a demo of ‘The Past Is the Past’ and said he wanted to cut it, which felt like such an immense honor. But when I heard he wanted to produce a version of ME singing it, I was FLOORED. Working with him on it was really a pinch myself moment. Another instance for me where I met a hero who did not disappoint. After later recording Your Life is a Record with Jay Joyce, that earlier version of the song didn’t fit the project, but I still loved it and wanted to do something with it. Adding it to the deluxe version just feels right. It’s such a different take on the song than what Jay and I created, and I hope that fans will love it as much as I do.”
With the Grammy Awards rapidly approaching on March 14, fans in the country and roots music worlds especially have a reason to rejoice with new music from one of the most gifted songwriters of our day. Hear “The Past Is the Past” below.
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