If you ask many fans of the Brandi Carlile Band, they will emphatically categorize Brandi’s music as folk rock, but her tracks have been considered a part of many different genres. Some will say she plays pop rock, while others call it alternative country. Whatever you consider her music to be, the heart of it is undoubtedly old school rock ‘n’ roll, though, with a soulful dash of country thrown in for good measure.
After all, she grew up with the Grand Ole Opry culture and sang the country song “Tennessee Flat Top Box” with her mom when she was only eight years old. She’s got country music in her blood, growing up watching her mom sing country songs on a regular basis.
Today, Brandi often plays Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn covers during her shows, and always manages to mix them up with a good dose of rock ‘n’ roll. Still, her music’s influence is always unique, with a pop rock appeal that crosses all of the genre boundaries, making her one of the most versatile and authentic artists to hit the charts in decades.
The Woman: Then and Now
Brandi’s come a long way since singing country music with her mom and performing as a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator at age 16. After making waves locally in the city of Seattle, her hometown, she was signed to Columbia records in 2004 thanks to the success of her home recordings and local presence.
Since then, she’s released four major albums, including the most recent, the 2011 Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony album. She’s toured with countless influential artists, including The Fray, Tori Amos, Cheryl Crow, and The Indigo Girls. To celebrate the release of the Live at Benaroya Hall album, she’s been playing locally in Seattle and gearing up for another summer tour.
This summer, she’ll be headlining some shows as well as playing shows to support fellow musician Ray LaMontagne. Brandi and the band also announced earlier this year that they were in the studio and that they’ve completed their fourth studio album, which is still yet to be titled, with no release date. According to Brandi, the release date is at the mercy of Columbia Records.
As fans wait for the upcoming studio album, she will continue to promote the Benaroya Hall album and tour throughout the year. Her latest concert date announcements and venue locations can be found at her website, www.BrandiCarlile.com. In the meantime, she’s been working on music for an upcoming film by Warner Brothers, although she can’t divulge any information about it just yet.
It was only a few years ago that Brandi’s fan base multiplied after the release of her second studio album, The Story. Shortly after, her music was featured on the hit medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, and once again, her audience flourished. Her 2009-2010 Give Up the Ghost tour was a hit, with sold out tour dates across the US, and as her music continues to attract music lovers from around the globe, 2011 is the year to watch the artistry of Brandi Carlile if you haven’t been keeping tabs on her already.