General Info Band Members: Biography: A gifted singer/songwriter whose rich voice and literate storytelling belie her youth (she was only 23 when she released her major-label debut), Brandi Carlile was born in the small town of Ravensdale, WA, an isolated community 50 miles from Seattle. With few neighbors or friends nearby, she grew up learning to make her own entertainment, which included hiking trips in the nearby woods and self-taught vocal lessons. Carlile also grew attached to the classic country music her parents doted on, specifically Patsy Cline, and she made her stage debut at the age of eight after she was taken to a local country radio show by her mother. At 17 years old, Carlile picked up the guitar, having developed a taste for rock & roll through Elton John's classic albums of the 1970s, and began hitting the Seattle bar scene, playing anywhere she could get a gig (including a stint singing backup for an Elvis Presley tribute act).
While playing clubs, she encountered a band called the Fighting Machinists, featuring twin brothers Tim Hanseroth on guitar and Phil Hanseroth. Impressed by their instrumental skills and spot-on harmonies, Carlile became an instant fan of the Fighting Machinists, and when the group broke up, she persuaded the Hanseroth twins to form a new group with her. While they started out as an aggressive rock & roll band, Carlile's emotionally powerful songwriting and acoustic guitar work soon became the dominant component of their sound, and they began touring regularly, headlining small venues and opening shows for Dave Matthews, Shawn Colvin, and India.Arie.
In 2000, Carlile recorded the first of several self-released recordings that sold briskly at shows, and in 2005 she was signed to Columbia Records, releasing a self-titled album later that same year. The album earned enthusiastic reviews, and Carlile was named one of 2005's "Artists to Watch" by Rolling Stone. In 2006, Carlile and her band began work on her second Columbia album, The Story, with T Bone Burnett producing. The record was released in spring 2007 to warm reviews, and the inclusion of its title track in several commercials (most notably a General Motors ad that aired during the 2008 Beijing Olympics) helped boost sales. Give Up the Ghost followed in late 2009 and cracked the Top 40, and Carlile rang in 2010 by issuing a Valentine's Day-themed EP, XOBC.(allmusic) Major Discography: ~ Brandi Carlile (2005) ~ The Story (2007) ~ Giving Up The Ghost (2009)
Sounds Like Genre:Alt Country, Singer Songwriter Similar Artists:Jeff Buckley, Lucinda Williams,Neko Case Similar Bonnaroo Artists:Ingrid Michaelson
If There Was No You
I've Just Seen A Face
And for s*hts & giggles.
Kelly Clarkson ~ The Story
Physical Reaction/Live Show
Let me be frank. I'm not impressed by much anymore. Very little music coming out now a days touches me. Sure, I listen to a lot. I read and I try to find new things. But it does little for me. I still go back to The Byrds, The Stones, and Dylan. Very few bands have excites me the way they did when I first heard those records.
2005 was a landmark year for me. I finally had another band that I loved and I followed them to all four corners of North America. I was alive and on the open road. I never packed much. I relied less on CDs and more on radio. It was nice. I didn't have to think about what to listen to. I read a review of the self titled album one July night, sitting in a living room, in Brooklyn. I ended up buying it the next day. Brandi Carlile hit me in a way that no one else had in awhile. The record was different. Sure it had those stickers "rolling Stone 10 Artists to watch. But Rolling Stone stopped being relevant years before that record came out.
From the first note of Follow, I knew this was a keeper. I ended up listening to that record all tour. That and the radio. She understood heartbreak and inspiration. Those happened to be the two thing I was looking for.
It wasn't until January of 06 that I got to see her. She still had the electric, and brought it out for a few songs, but it was a mostly acoustic show. I don't think I've seen the electric in many years. It's all acoustic now a days. But don't let that intimidate you. She'll move you, to tears of laughter and joy.
Personal Notes This is a repeat performance for Brandi. She played 2005, before the record came out. Biggest Bonnaroo regret I have is missing that set.
Man, I'm starting to feel the conflicts already and I don't even know the schedule yet. Just too many bands that I want to see, and Brandi just made it on the list. You had me when you compared her to Lucinda Williams.
I was actually just going to make a Brandi thread, as I haven't been noticing much excitement for this set around the boards. But this post is way better than anything I could have slung together. Only thing missing? A cover of Ray Lamontagne's Burn.
Gaaah. There is no one that can wring every last drop of emotion out of a lyric or note like this woman. She's an absolute force live, and makes excellent records to boot. Give Up the Ghost was one of my favorites of last year.