Brandi Carlile • Songs and Interview, 2015
Special Programs • 1h 4m
Genre-defying artist Brandi Carlile performs a selection of songs with bandmates Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth and discusses her career during this June 2015 program, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and moderated by NPR Music's Ann Powers.
Brandi Carlile begins the program with a performance of "The Eye," and notes how, at the suggestion of producer T-Bone Burnett, she calls her sound "rock & roll," because "everything is rock & roll." She reflects on her ability to smoothly shift between vocal registers, and cites the influences that helped her create what she calls a "weird, hybrid Patsy-Cline-with-tattoos, Radiohead-melody thing."
Carlile also recalls her busking days at Seattle's Pike Place Market and the influence of that city’s musical culture on her and the Hanseroths, and digs into the collaborative partnership with her bandmates and some specific aspects of her songwriting, including her regular use of metaphor. The singer-songwriter goes on to describe various challenges of her work: balancing spontaneity with careful crafting in songwriting, singing erotic songs without awkwardness, and writing family songs without oversentimentality.
Among the songs Brandi Carlile and the Hanseroths perform during the program: "Turpentine," "That Year," "Raise Hell," and "Wilder (We're Chained)." The program ends with a cover of the Avett Brothers’ "Murder in the City."
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