Fresh from an acoustic tour that wrapped last week in Northampton, Massachusetts, Brandy Clark has released an affecting video version of her Grammy-nominated “Love Can Go to Hell.” The sparsely populated rendition of the bittersweet ballad, driven by cello, acoustic guitar and piano, finds Clark joined on vocals by YouTube sensation Sam Tsui. The 27-year-old Yale graduate has been posting his covers of songs by Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and others on his channel since 2011 and currently has 2.6 million subscribers. Tsui also has a pair of solo LPs to his credit.
Clark, whose latest release Big Day in a Small Town will vie for the Best Country Album Grammy alongside LPs by Loretta Lynn, Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Keith Urban, will be among the performers at this weekend’s all-star tribute to Linda Ronstadt. The concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will be held Sunday, December 11th, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
Joing Clark for “A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt” will be several of Ronstadt’s closest friends, including Jackson Browne, Maria Muldaur and David Lindley. Dawes, Gaby Moreno, Grace Potter and I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz) will also be participating. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has raised more than $450 million in efforts to find a cure for the debilitating disease. Ronstadt’s powerful singing voice was silenced by Parkinson’s in the wake of her diagnosis four years ago.
“Linda Ronstadt is one of my favorite artists and biggest musical influences,” Clark says. “I admire how beloved she is within all music circles, from pop to rock to country and beyond. I am honored to be part of this great event and to help raise money for such an important cause.”
At the Country Music Hall of Fame medallion ceremony in October, Clark sang “Blue Bayou,” a track originally recorded by Roy Orbison and produced by 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster. Ronstadt’s 1978 version was a pop-country crossover smash, selling more than one million copies.