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brandi carlile enlists rick rubin, elton john for new album
July 19, 2009, 11:29 am
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190709_brandicarlileShort tour of the UK and Ireland scheduled for next month

Brandi Carlile describes her upcoming third album Give Up The Ghost as a record of extremes, taking in raucous “barn-burners” alongside more intimate songs and drawing on a rather unlikely influence in Queen’s multi-million selling 1975 album A Night At The Opera, as well as less anomalous recordings by Johnny Cash and Cat Stevens. Like many of the songs on The Story, some of the tracks on Give Up The Ghost have had a long gestation period, with only half having been written in the last 2 years. Producers include Rick Rubin (Gossip, Johnny Cash) and Jason Lader (Rilo Kiley, Lenka). “We used all the tracks available to us,” Brandi told The Austin Times earlier this year, explaining how her very layered, full-sounding approach on the new album differs from the nearly-live performances captured on The Story. Instruments include ukulele, slide guitar, piano and banjo.

“I’m a totally bad piano player,” Brandi admits, so she jumped at the chance to collaborate with her musical hero Elton John on one track, ‘Caroline’. “It was insane. It was like an out-of-body experience,” she told the San Francisco Times back in May. “He was amazing. He nailed the piano in one take. It took him an hour and a half to sing and play piano on this song, and then he stuck around and absolutely schooled me on new music for two hours and gave me a music lesson, basically. It was wonderful.”

Give Up The Ghost is released in the US on September 1st. We had to wait a whole year for The Story to hit UK turf from its Stateside release, so it could be quite a while before this new one surfaces too. Nevertheless, Brandi brings the “Give Up The Ghost Travelling Show” to the UK and Ireland for five dates early next month. Catch her at the following venues:

06.08.09 The Academy, Dublin
07.08.09 Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
08.08.09 The Garage, Glasgow
09.08.09 Academy 2, Manchester
10.08.09 Scala, London 

Alan Pedder


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