Having been moved to a larger stage for their first ACL appearance (taking Old Crow Medicine Show’s cancelled time slot) Brandi Carlile and her band featuring the Twins – Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Allison Miller, Josh Neumann and new addition – Jeb Bows on fiddle (because “if you want to play in Texas, you’ve got to have a fiddle in the band” as Brandi sang) showed they crowd a good time with a variety of tunes old and new.
Opening with “Dreams” from their most recent album before “Closer to You” and “What Can I Say,” Brandi announced that it was time to “Get this thing started right,” launching into her covers of “Jackson” and “Folsom Prison Blues” which are normally reserved for the end of the set or even encores.
Some of their new tunes rival the most beloved songs in their catalog – “Keep Your Heart Young” is easy to relate to with lyrics about wheat pennies and rocks in snowballs while “Raise Hell” is a “sweet, demure, sensitive song” with an alt-country Townes Van Zandt/Steve Earle-equse story line. We were hoping for a return of of the rocker “Rattle My Bones” or countryfied “Same Old You” (recently recorded by Miranda Lambert) but it’s nice to have some really new material – not just unrecorded.
Her set closed with “The Story,” “Pride and Joy” and the Alphaville cover of “Forever Young” dedicated to all of the Goonie’s watching, Never Ending Story loving, children of the ’80s.
Photos by Nichole Wagner
Closer To You
What Can I Say
Folsom Prison Blues
Keep Your Heart Young
(If You Want to Play in Texas snipped)
Pride and Joy