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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s epic “The Joke” from her new album By The Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

It’s been ten years since singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile captured our hearts with her breakthrough album The Story. After five studio albums, a Grammy nomination, and, in more recent memory, a breathtaking XPN Fest set, Carlile is back with her latest effort — her highly anticipated forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You will be released early next year. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cover Stories, a tribute to Brandi Carlile’s The Story, via NPR Music

Cover Stories cover art | via NPR Music

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile‘s sophomore album The Story turns ten years old this year, and on May 5th, a star-studded tribute to the album comes out via Columbia Records. Featuring track-for-track renditions of the album by artists like Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, Adele, Margo Price and more, it’s an impressive set — and you can hear it a week early, thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series. Continue reading →

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Listen to Pearl Jam’s rocked up cover of Brandi Carlile’s “Again Today”

Pearl Jam at The Spectrum | photo by John Vettese
Pearl Jam at The Spectrum | photo by John Vettese

It’s been ten years since Brandi Carlile released her incredible breakthrough album, The Story, and to celebrate the ten-year anniversary, a tribute album titled ‘Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child’ is on it’s way. Out on May 5th via Legacy Recordings, this release is teeming with amazing artists–including iconic rockers, Pearl Jam.

Pearl Jam covers Carlile’s song, “Again Today,” by throwing an up-tempo, jam-worthy spin on it. Foregoing Carlile’s stripped down opening, Pearl Jam dives right in from the first striking power chord. This doesn’t detract from the song’s raw emotion, however, as Eddie Vedder’s vocals drip with aching intensity throughout, and is backed by Carlile herself in the powerful chorus. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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Rhett Miller talks about hearing the voice of God in Brandi Carlile on the XPN New Music Show

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Rhett Miller | Photo by Jason Quigley | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

With a new album on the way this winter with his band Old 97s, XPN fave Rhett Miller stopped by the XPN New Music Show this week to chat with host Mike Vasilikos about the new album — particularly it’s gripping lead single, written in collaboration with Brandi Carlile.

“Good With God” has ominous, heavy existential vibes, and Vasilikos told Miller that it got him thinking about his own mortality. Miller then shared a story about how a tour stop in Salt Lake City while the 97s were on a run in support of Most Messed Up inspired it. The lead character has a conversation with a higher power who, he says, turns out to be a woman.

Which lead to Carlile working with him as a co-writer. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Backstage with Brandi Carlile

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Brandi Carlile | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It was the 11th hour at the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival, and as Old Crow Medicine Show kicked into “Wagon Wheel,” we headed backstage at the BB&T to meet up with the star of the night — Brandi Carlile. Just before she hit the big stage, she and the Twins (that’s Phil and Tim Hanseroth) sat down for an intimate and jaw-dropping performance of “The Eye.”

It’s a song that Carlile says was a long time coming for her and the Hanseroths, who got together in Seattle “in a time when grunge was at its peak, and it was very uncool to say that you were into three part harmonies.” As Carlile later told her fans at XPNFest, “this song is about how there is no lead singer, there’s only somebody who insists that she is.” Continue reading →

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Let Them Roll: Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show wrap up XPNFest with maximum energy

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Okay, Brandi Carlile, I promise to never again pigeonhole the wonderful thing you do as “singer-songwriter” or “roots / Americana.” Just keep slaying like you did from the BB&T Pavilion stage on the closing night of XPN Fest.

The Seattle-rooted musician and longtime XPN favorite took the stage last night not only with Tim and Phil Hanseroth – aka “The Twins,” her longtime collaborators on guitar, bass and vocals – but with a rousing full band that elevated her songs to arena rock proportions befitting the huge amphitheater they were performing in. On drums, Brian Griffin propelled the music forth; on cello and keys, Josh Neumann added nuanced, atmospheric accents; on guitar, Gibb Droll rumbled and roared. Carlile is gripping as a solo performer, no doubt — she made all of NonCOMM cry back in 2015, after all — but seeing her with this lineup is next-level.

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Download a sampler from XPN Fest artists Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show

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Brandi Carlile | Photo by Rocco Peditto for WXPN

In their latest showing of camaraderie, Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show have put together a joint sampler on Noisetrade. This free download comes after the artists covered each other’s songs last month. Carlile contributed “Mainstream Kid” from last year’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter and a live cut of “The Eye,” while OCMS shared “O Cumberland River” from Remedy and live versions of “Bootlegger’s Boy” and “White Face.”

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The Best of 2015: Download a World Cafe version of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto
Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto

As we begin to look back at the year in music, one of our favorite albums of 2015 was singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Earlier this year, Carlile, and “The Twins” – Tim and Phil Hanseroth – were on World Cafe with David Dye.

Listen to her World Cafe session below, and download “Wilder (We’re Chained)” from the session below. And make sure you watch her Cafe performance of “The Eye.” Continue reading →

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