Brandi chatted withand walked us through her origins in the biz, what her process is like, and her favorite songs. The cool thing about that though, was that I got to learn about harmony and vocal layering and stuff like that. BC: Well, it started out with me doing a lot of busking at Pike Place and just throwing my guitar case out there.
We also learned that in addition to being the badass musician that she is, she’s chock full of girl power advice for young musicians. The pressure of having to do a set somewhere and know a lot of songs, and know how to play them, and present yourself, was kind of lifted because there were new people walking by every two seconds.
It should also be mentioned that the album was recorded in the lead up to significant personal life changes; Brandi’s wife, Catherine Shepherd, was pregnant while they were writing and recording.
With all that in mind, is incredibly special to the band for reasons both personal and professional. After listening to the album roughly 700 times, we were lucky enough to score a phone call with Brandi herself getting the opportunity to pick her brain about her career and her music. Brandi Carlile (BC): Yeah, there was an Elvis impersonator involved. That was part of my early discovery of music, singing background vocals for an Elvis impersonator. And I was doing a lot of busking at Pike Place Market [in Seattle]. And what was your process like of being “discovered” and getting signed?
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I like playing golf in Tucson and I’ve got to have Mexican food while I’m there.”The Seattle alt-country/rock singer-songwriter brings her tour for her new album “The Firewatcher’s Daughter” to the Rialto Theatre on Thursday, Sept. It’s her first release since leaving Columbia Records in 2012.“It’s been a really great album to get to play on the road,” said the 34-year-old, who is touring with her longtime bandmates twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth, a drummer and a cellist.
“I’ve been looking forward to it for a really long time and ...
Phil goes so far outside of the box that everybody has to have a rethink before we learn his songs.
“He said he lived Up North,” she continued, sounding like a true Minnesotan even though she’s from Washington state.
Sonny lived in Waubun, a town of 400 near Mahnomen and the White Earth Indian Reservation. That, Carlile explains, is why her Twin Cities concerts have been a bit more country-flavored — some Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn.
“We’ve been back a few times,” she said, noting that Shepherd loves Tucson almost as much as she does.
“We’re going to spend a little extra time there this time, too.