Powerhouse folk-country artist Brandi Carlile headlines The National tonight
“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.”
Wise words off Brandi Carlile’s “The Eye”, a new track off her new album The Firewatcher’s Daughter which was release via ATO records. The Seattle singer/songwriter is bringing her powerhouse vocals, non-stop energy and and country roots to The National tonight.
This will be the sixth studio album for the genre-breaking artist, and it is nothing short of extraordinary. It’s personal, romantic and doesn’t stick to just one style. It’s, in my opinion her best yet.
It shows her vocal range with tracks that engage her – from her raspy hushed vocals to belting out loud and raw on songs like “The Mainstream Kid” (one of my favorites.)
The Firewatcher’s Daughter follows 2012’s Bear Creek, which debuted in the Billboard Top 10.
You can definitely feel and hear the influences of Fleetwood Mac, the Indigo girls, a little bit of Janis, but still stays true to her country roots with some Dolly Parton thrown into the mix.
I’ve never heard anything quite like it.
She does a wonderful cover of The Avett Brothers’ “Murder in the City”, a classic, but she puts her own spin on it.
Carlile great up in Washington state where she first started singing country songs at the age of 8. She began performing in clubs with the same folks she still plays with today - twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth (seen in the video above).
She came out as a lesbian in 2002, and in 2012 she married her girlfriend Catherine Shepherd in Boston. The couple has since had a child, Evangeline Ruth, and the family tours when she hits the road.
Carlile hadn’t fully embraced her LGBTQ roots until recently – she admitted in a 2012 interview with the Dallas Voice she hadn’t noticed her gay fan base until she turned 30 and had since promised to do more activism with the community.
”I have total career mindedness and tunnel vision, and I get ultra focused. I’ve just been living on adrenaline and momentum for the last decade and singing and touring, singing and touring. I never notice what the venues are or who’s calling or where they’re from; I just have these discussions and they’re great, and then I move on. But now I do see things…”
Carlile has definitely found her voice and come into her own on The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Its electric and pulses with energy from beginning to end. There’s something for everyone on this album whether you’re a die hard country fan or a folk music fanatic.
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