On June 5, Columbia Records will release singer-songwriter-guitarist Brandi Carlile’s fourth studio album, Bear Creek. Carlile, hailed as “the best voice in indie rock” by Paste Magazine, will tour extensively in support of the record. She’ll kick off a series of six dates with Dave Matthews Band on June 26 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and headline the 9,450-seat Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on July 14. Additional tour dates will be announced soon. For further details, visit http://www.brandicarlile.com/events.
Carlile will also perform at “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre on April 20. The event will also feature such artists as Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kenny Chesney, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray LaMontagne, Amy Lee and Lucinda Williams.
“That Wasn’t Me,” the first single from Bear Creek, will go to radio in early April. The soulful piano-based track showcases the warmth and subtle power of Carlile’s vocals. It is the cornerstone of an earthy collection that embraces all of hermusical influences – folk, pop, country, rock, gospel and blues. From the spirited “Hard Way Home” and chilling country blues of “Raise Hell” to the poignant “Rise Again” and ethereal “Just Kids,” Carlile manages to be at once plainspoken and poetic. The rich imagery of “Keep Your Heart Young” evokes childhood dreams with such unerring accuracy it is apt to elicit renewed vows to never grow up while “Save Part Of Yourself” and “100” wistfully underscore the lifetime impact of a lost love.
Named for the studio where most of the album was recorded – Bear Creek Studios, which is housed in a converted early 20th century barn near Carlile’s hometown of Seattle – it features her longtime band mates: Tim and Phil Hanseroth (“The Twins,” who co-wrote many of the songs with Carlile and play guitar and bass respectively), drummer/percussionist Allison Miller and cellist Josh Neumann plus Dave Palmer on keyboards and Jeb Bows on violin and mandolin. Drummer Matt Chamberlain guests on several tracks.
GRAMMY® winning engineer/producer/mixer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Queens of the Stone Age) and Brandi and The Twins produced the Bear Creek Studios sessions. Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack) and Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Emmylou Harris) produced three tracks at Tragedy/Tragedy Studios in Nashville, TN.
Bear Creek follows Carlile’s 2011 live album, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, which the Seattle Times called “breathtaking.” It was recorded during the band’s sold-out two-night stand at the prestigious venue in November 2010. To date, Carlile has sold over 800,000 albums and has played over 700 live shows.
Her self-titled debut landed her on Rolling Stone’s Top 10 list of artists to watch and she has steadily built a loyal fanbase. Her sophomore album, The Story, was produced by multiple GRAMMY® winner T Bone Burnett and led to a new fan in Elton John. Elton John then appeared on a track on her 2009 album, Give Up the Ghost, which was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.
Carlilehastoured with the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Chris Isaak, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and long time fan Dave Matthews Band. Her songs have been heard in such television shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife,” “American Idol,” and “Parenthood,” and in advertising campaigns by General Motors (2008 U.S. Olympic ad), Hilton Hotels and JC Penney for Ralph Lauren. In 2008, Carlile established The Looking Out Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports such causes as the Fight The Fear campaign, Honor the Earth, Reverb, the United Nations World Food Programme and the American Diabetes Association.
Track Listing – Bear Creek:
1 – Hard Way Home
2 – Raise Hell
3 – Save Part Of Yourself
4 – That Wasn’t Me
5 – Keep Your Heart Young
6 – 100
7 – A Promise To Keep
8 – I’ll Still Be There
9 – What Did I Ever Come Here For
10 – Heart’s Content
11 – Rise Again
12 – In The Morrow
13 – Just Kids