NEW YORK, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records will release The
Story, a new collection of songs from the emerging
singer/songwriter/performer Brandi Carlile, on Tuesday, April 3.
The Story -- the first album from Brandi Carlile since she was named
one of Rolling Stone's "10 Artists to Watch in 2005" -- was produced by
Grammy award winner T Bone Burnett and recorded live to two-inch audio tape
during a marathon 11-day recording session at The Warehouse Studios in
The band on the album includes her core trio -- Brandi Carlile (vocals,
guitar) with Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals) and Tim Hanseroth
(guitar, background vocals), with whom she's worked since her earliest
recordings -- along with drummer Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Morrissey)
and Josh Neumann (cello). Guest vocals on The Story include a special
appearance the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray & Emily Saliers, on "Cannonball."
The sound and songs of The Story were first formed during the rigors of
touring as Brandi began working her new songs into the band's repertoire,
road-testing and refining the material under the spotlights, giving each
performance its own character.
Tracks on The Story include "Late Morning Lullaby," "The Story,"
"Turpentine," "My Song," "Wasted," "Have You Ever," "Josephine," "Losing
Heart," "Cannonball," "Until I Die," "Downpour," "Shadows On The Wall," and
The Story builds on the plaintive aching melodies, moody atmosphere and
heartfelt lyrics characterizing Brandi's first album with nuanced
arrangements including electric guitar ("My Song," "Losing Heart"), piano
("Wasted") and cello ("Turpentine," "Late Morning Lullaby").
Driven by Carlile's dynamic vocals, the album's 13 tracks pulse with a
raw and road-worthy intensity that is much closer to her live concert sound
than her self-titled debut album. "The new songs may surprise people who
only know us through the first album," Brandi says. "If you've seen us
play, you'll realize this is the direction we've been heading in the whole
Carlile's decision to record live to two-inch audio tape gives The
Story a stark and soulful authenticity accentuating the humanity of each
performance. "When you record to tape, it forces you not to dwell on small
imperfections and keep a lot of the things you would usually edit out ...
like a weird breath or a strangely sharp note," Carlile explains. "When I
listen back and hear those things now, I'm glad we didn't take them out
because they give this album a real human character."
Brandi Carlile, the artist's debut album, was picked among the year's
Top 20 albums in E! Online's "Replay 2005": "This rootsy singer-songwriter
belts it out like she has lived far beyond her twentysomething years, and
tunes like 'Fall Apart Again,' suggest she's got the skills, taste and
heart to keep belting out odes to yearning and heartache for decades to
Brandi found a new wider audience when the ABC hit medical drama
"Grey's Anatomy" showcased three of Brandi's songs -- "Tragedy," "What Can
I Say" and "Throw It All Away" -- an unprecedented honor for a new artist.
By the end of 2006, Brandi Carlile had opened for a wide variety of
artists including Ray LaMontagne, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Shawn Colvin,
Jonny Lang and others.
SOURCE Columbia Records