With a pink guitar and pissed-off sneer, Brandy Clark sang “Girl Next Door” during Tuesday’s episode of Late Night With Seth Myers, adding another high-profile performance to a week spent promoting her sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Town.
Co-written with Jessie Jo Dillon and Shane McAnally, “Girl Next Door” is an anthem of defiance, aimed at a wannabe partner who wants to sand away Clark’s rougher edges. “When you took me home,” she sings over a four-on-the-floor drumbeat, “you knew who you were taking — not some Debbie debutante frying up your bacon.” The song barrels forward from there, with minor-key guitar arpeggios and Clark’s voice leading the charge.
Released last week, Big Day in a Small Town finds the Grammy-nominated Clark co-authoring 11 new songs, all focused on the forgotten characters that fill Middle America. [Read a candid interview with her about the album here.] With a full of schedule of tour dates ahead of her, she’ll remain on the road for much of the summer, playing an upcoming Grand Ole Opry performance on June 22nd along the way.