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Brandy Clark: Not your mama's country artist

Brandy Clark: Not your mama's country artist

Listening to mainstream country radio these days can be like going on an ice cream run, says country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark. Sometimes there simply needs to be variety. 

“If all they’re serving is vanilla ice cream, I’m going to eat vanilla, because I like ice cream,” the 39-year-old fast-rising artist said on a recent stop in Hollywood, the morning after she’d played one of her first headlining shows at the Hotel Café.

“But if you suddenly give me the choice of vanilla and strawberry and rocky road,” she said, her eyes opening wider, “my choices are going to be different. I think music’s like that. It...