Brett Young's "Ticket to L.A.": New at Nine

December 6, 2018
Brett Young

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Album releases become available for download Fridays at midnight East Coast Time. Since that's 9pm Thursday night West Coast Time, every Thursday night, Pepper picks her two favorite songs from the new country albums and plays them on K-Frog for New at Nine! Here are her picks for this week.

Orange County native Brett Young says that his sophomore album Ticket to L.A. won't be quite as dark as his first, but it will be just as revealing. 

“I think the first album was a really good way for me to introduce myself to people," he reflects in a statement from his label. "I think that it was extremely honest, personal, and vulnerable, and I think it’s unfortunately a little bit easier to do that when you’re sad, when you’re at that place in your life, and I was.

"Me and my girl [who's now his wife] were broken up and I was also new to Nashville and hadn’t built a huge friend base yet. And so I think that made it really easy for me to go a little bit dark and be a little bit … extremely vulnerable, really. 

"And so, I think when you go there, when you get that personal and that honest, I think it’s a really good way for people to start to get to know you. You know the risk you run is that as they’re getting to know you they think that that’s who you are as a person, that you’re always that way. And for me, it just reflects a place in my life. And so that’s why it’s going to be so nice, you know, with this second record to have it reflect where I’m at now which is a very uplifting, happy place in my life. And with the second record we’re doing the same thing. I made sure that it’s vulnerable, and it’s honest. It’s just coming from a completely different stage in my life.”

Here are the songs I played from Ticket to L.A. for New at Nine tonight:

1. Catch

2. Here Tonight