Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s fourth studio album will be released by Columbia Records on June 5.
The album, titled “Bear Creek,” is comprised of 13 new tracks including “That Wasn’t Me,” which is the first single from the album. The single will be released in April. The album will also include the nostalgic, imagery-filled track, “Keep Your Heart Young,” a live version of which Carlile recently sang at the KXT 91.7 radio station in Texas.
“Bear Creek” is named after the studio in which the majority of the album’s content was recorded. Bear Creek Studios is housed in a converted barn near Seattle, Carlile’s hometown.
Joining Carlile on the album are her longtime band mates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, known as “The Twins.” They co-wrote several songs with Carlile. Tim also plays guitar and Phil plays bass. Drummer/percussionist Allison Miller, cellist Josh Neumann, keyboard-player Dave Palmer, and Jeb Bows on violin and mandolin all accompany Carlile on the album. Drummer Matt Chamberlain also contributed to several tracks.
Carlile, named “the best voice in indie rock” by Paste Magazine, released her most recent album last year, “Live at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Symphony,” a live album recorded at a show in November 2010.
When she first appeared on the music scene, Carlile’s self-titled debut album received rave reviews, and Rolling Stone named Carlile to their Top 10 list of artists to watch. She has sold over 800,000 albums and has played over 700 live shows.
That total number of live shows will continue to grow this year. She plans to tour extensively to support the new record, including with the Dave Matthews Band at six of their shows this summer. She will also headline the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a 9,450-seat venue in Morrison, CO, on July 14.
In the past, Carlile has toured with artists such as Chris Isaak, Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers and also Ray Lamontagne.
Her songs have been featured on television shows like “The Good Wife,” “American Idol,” “Parenthood,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
For more information and a complete track listing of Carlile’s new album, “Bear Creek,” visit www.brandicarlile.com.
Carol Fritz is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at CF716022@wcupa.edu.