Staff Report

Six-time Grammy nominee and Country Music Association award-winner Brandy Clark will play a special benefit concert for Solvang Festival Theater on Wednesday, May 2.

Before striking out on her own as a performer with three back-to-back critically acclaimed albums, Clark was one of the most in-demand songwriters in Nashville. Her work has been recorded by The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, among others. “Follow Your Arrow” (recorded by Musgraves) won Clark the CMA Song of the Year Award in 2014.

Clark creates characters with her songs, including the aging beauty of “Homecoming Queen” and the tempted exes of “You Can Come over.” She navigates the rocky waters of a relationship in “Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’.”

Part of a vanguard in country music that tips a hat to tradition while not resisting its evolution, Clark says that the only music she’s ever listened to consistently is country.

“I want to keep that alive, so there’s a responsibility in that for me,” she said.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $35, and $95 for Golden Circle, which includes a meet and greet with Clark at a catered post-show reception.

Solvang Theaterfest is the 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that owns and operates Solvang Festival Theater, built in 1974 by local craftspeople and community leaders whose goal was to bring live performing arts to the Santa Ynez Valley.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Solvang Theaterfest Executive Director Mary Ann Norbom at 805-686-1789 or For tickets, visit