Brandi Carlile - Live At Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony
Around the time she began getting serious about making music, Brandi Carlile would travel to Seattle's Benaroya Hall for concerts, including solo performances by Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.
"I watched them," she recalls, "and I wondered what it would be like to stand on that beautiful stage."
Now she knows. The release of 'Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony' marks the realisation of two dreams for the acclaimed singer/songwriter: "We got to work with a world class symphony and record in this legendary venue in our hometown. The hall has such great acoustics, you can hear someone zip up their coat."
The stunning set features Carlile and her band running through a beautifully vibrant collection of her best-loved originals, including 'Dreams' and 'The Story', as well as a number of cover songs she has come to make her own.
In addition to a 30-piece orchestra, she's joined by her stellar, longtime band featuring guitarist Tim Hanseroth and bassist Phil Hanseroth (collectively known as "The Twins"), cellist Josh Neumann, and drummer Allison Miller.
The 13 selections (including a secret hidden track) for 'Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony' come from Carlile's two sold-out November 2010 performances at the prestigious venue.
"Almost the whole recording is the first night," she confesses. "We played a rock club in between the two shows and with all the Ramones covers we blew out our voices. The second night was fine, but the first night shined with precision."
Carlile's memories of the Benaroya shows are as crystalline as her radiant voice. "On 'Dreams' the crowd was so raucous, there were a few seconds I couldn't even hear our band over the symphony. A bunch of them were standing up and clapping. Everyone in the room just had a good time."
Indeed, anyone who's ever attended one of Carlile's shows will recognise the magic captured within. Unlike many albums that claim to be "live" but are full of studio fixes, 'Live at Benaroya Hall' is pure, unadulterated Brandi.
Release Date : 03 May 2011