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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Brandi Carlile / Give Up The Ghost Review

Washington state-bred Brandi Carlile was inspired to pick up the guitar and learned to play after seeing the Indigo Girls in concert at Lilith Fair. Her last album, The Story, debuted on Billboard's Top 200, peaking at #2 on iTunes and was named one of VH1's "You Oughta Know" artists in addition to having many of her songs featured on various episodes of "Grey's Anatomy".

She's toured with Ray Lamontagne, Dave Mathews Band and Sheryl Crow, who raved about her live performances, "She has the most amazing voice I may have ever heard. Soulful. Country. Perfect in every way and propelled by taste."

Paste Magazine calls her the "best voice in indie rock" and her childhood idol, Elton John, duets with her on her new album, Give Up The Ghost, which was released by Columbia Records on October 6th.The recording of this album gave her the opportunity to work with her idol, Elton John. They sang duet on Caroline. “Brandi has an amazing voice,” he says. “She’s a great songwriter and has a tremendous career ahead of her.”

Give Up The Ghost, Brandi's third album, was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, birthplace of legendary recordings by The Doors and Led Zeppelin. The first single, Dreams, was written with her longtime bandmates, twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Click here for a sneak peek of her first single Dreams.

Album's tracklisting:

1. Looking Out

2. Dying Day

3. Pride And Joy

4. Dreams

5. That Year

6. Caroline

7. Before It Breaks

8. I Will

9. If There Was No You

10. Touching The Ground

11. Oh Dear

She reminds me a little of Melissa Etheridge. If you like Indie Rock, such as KT Tunstall and the Indigo Girls, you will enjoy listening to Brandi Carlile. My favorite songs from the album are That Year, If There Was No You and Touching The Ground.


“Give Up The Ghost Traveling Show” kicked off September 10th in Salt Lake City, UT. Brandi donates $1 from every ticket sale to The Looking Out Foundation, a helping hand foundation she created to help the many causes she's passionate about. Go to to buy your tickets now!

Sep 28 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater

Sep 29 Toronto, Canada The Mod Club

Oct 01 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre

Oct 02 Boston, MA House of Blues

Oct 03 New York, NY Beacon Theater

Oct 06 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre

Oct 07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Oct 08 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

Oct 10 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

Oct 11 Birmingham, AL Workplay Soundstage

Oct 12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge

Oct 14 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

Oct 15 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic Performing Arts Center

Oct 16 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre

Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

Oct 20 San Francisco, CA Fillmore

Oct 22 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Oct 24 Seattle, WA The Paramount

To learn more about Brandi, check out these sites:

Brandi’s Website:

Brandi’s Facebook:

In the video below, Brandi talks about the making of Give Up The Ghost.

“I was just overwhelmed by the years, and by the influence that somebody can have on another person’s life without even knowing it.” – Brandi Carlile

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