Country singer Brandy Clark links up with YouTuber Sam Tsui for a new, acoustic version of her Grammy-nominated single "Love Can Go to Hell." Backed by acoustic guitar, blustering cello and Tsui on tinkling piano, Clark weaves together the tale of heartache and pain into a breathtaking and sweeping masterpiece. Originally a solo recording, the duet version gives the song an enlightened new meaning--the two singers trade off verses with thoughtful and pointed technique, allowing both the perspective of the ex and the jilted lover to be put on full display.
"Love Can Go to Hell" (a 2017 Grammy nominee for Best Country Solo Performance) is lifted from Clark's sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Town--which roped a nod for Best Country Album. In the latter category, Clark goes head-to-head with releases from Maren Morris (Hero), Loretta Lynn (Full Circle), Keith Urban (Ripcord) and outlier Sturgill Simpson (A Sailor's Guide to Earth). The upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards are set for Feb. 12 and will be hosted by comedian and late-night TV talk-show host James Corden.
With more than two million subscribers, Tsui is most known for his inventive YouTube covers. He has revamped such pop songs as Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," The Chainsmokers' "Closer," Prince's "Purple Rain," Alessia Cara's "Here," Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" and many others.
Last night, Clark saluted the great Linda Ronstadt as part of a star-studded tribute concert in Los Angeles. The lineup also featured Don Henley (of the Eagles), Sara Watkins, Grace Potter, Maria Muldaur, Tyler Goldsmith, Aaron Neville, JD Souther, Gaby Moreno, Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and David Lindley. "It's an honor to be here," Henley told the crowd before his performance. "The song I'm about to do for you didn't get much love or attention when it was released on our second album ['Desperado'] back in April of 1973. In fact, the executives at the record label freaked out. They said, 'oh god, they've made a fucking cowboy album.' And then Linda Ronstadt recorded this song and put it on her album, 'Don't Cry Now,' that came out in September of 1973. And everything was different after that."
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