After helping children reconnect with nature by collaborating in the Ask the Planet
project, Brandi Carlile
is ready to hit the road and debut new songs from her upcoming third album, the follow-up to 2007's The Story.
Trading e-mails with Paste editor-in-chief Josh Jackson, Carlile reported that the new album has been a little arduous but that it's moving along nicely. "The
recording process has been a long one...and by process, I mean, the
preliminary process," she writes. "The actual recording goes really quickly
for us and is always pretty spontaneous and fun. After making demos
on the road for a year, we spent some time at Rick Rubin's house
playing our songs acoustically in the living room and coming up with
arrangements. Then we went into the studio
with this really talented guy, Jason Lader, who is an amazing
producer/engineer, and two incredible drummers, Victor Indrizzo and
Chad Smith. We even cut a track with Pete Thomas! We were even more
extreme this time about playing live to tape and really took playing
live and overdubbing seriously so that we weren't having to use Pro Tools at all throughout the recording process. We're also not
totally done yet."
Carlile says that despite the fact it's a record of new material, fans of her work will likely recognize some of the tracks. "Like The Story, some of the songs have been
around," she says. "I tend to feel really protective of songs, and if they
aren't sitting well in a record, I'll pull them tight to my chest
until i feel it's a better time. Some of the songs we have been
playing on the road for a couple of years as we tend to cultivate our
songs on stage."
Fittingly enough, Carlile and her band will be playing all over the U.S. and a little bit abroad. After her performance in Kentucky, Carlile will join Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller aboard the Cayamo
, a 7-day music cruise from Feb. 28 through Mar. 7, before completing the rest of her tour.
Carlile warns listeners that they should be prepared for something new and perhaps more than a little epic with the new record. "This
record sounds much more reckless than The Story," she says. "Some songs are so
stripped down and intimate you should feel uncomfortable listening to
them and some are so giant that Freddie Mercury wouldn't have put
them on A Night at the Opera."
The still-untitled third album will be released sometime this summer or fall and will include at least one high-profile guest.
"Amy Ray [of the Indigo Girls] sings on 'Looking Out,'" Carlile reveals. "She is a real muse for me and I love her voice. She has a voice that isn't male or female. She can sing with me on a song and it doesn't matter if it's a power
ballad or a folk song; its gonna sound heavy. I'm also in the process
of begging Elton John to play a song with me."
In the meantime, here are those dates:
- Louisville, Ky. @ Whitney Hall
- Philadelphia, Penn. @ World Cafe Live25
- Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head On Stage26
- Alexandria, Va. @ Birchmere Music Hall28
- Westhampton Beach, N.Y. @ Westhampton Beach PAC31
- Tarrytown, N.Y. @ Tarrytown Music HallApril1 -
Portsmouth, N.H. @ Music Hall2
- Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse3
- South Portland, Maine @ South Portland Auditorium4
- New York, N.Y. @ Ethical Center for the Arts6
- Kent, Ohio @ Kent Stage8 -
Chicago, Ill. @ Lakeshore Theater9
- Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Pabst Theater10
- Mankato, Minn. @ Alltel Center11 -
Des Moines, Iowa @ Hoyt Sherman Theatre14
- Aspen, Colo. @ Wheeler Opera House16
- Denver, Colo. @ Swallow Hill17 -
Ft. Collins, Colo. @ Aggie Theatre18
- Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room20
- Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory21
- Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma Theatre23
- Spokane, Wash. @ Martin Woldson Theatre @ Fox28
- Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Festival29
- Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
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