Guitarists often change instruments during concerts for different tunings or because the one they've been using is starting to smell like wet dog. Soak in the sounds with this Groupon.
- Brandi Carlile in concert
- When: Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
- Where: State Theatre
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $15 for gallery seating (up to a $38 value)
- $20 for mid-orchestra, mid-balcony, or upper balcony seating (up to a $48 value)
- Click to view the seating chart.
Brandi Carlile - "Downpour" live at Guitar Center
On her website, Brandi Carlile says she hooked twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth as her bandmates with a promise: “If you start a band with me, I’ll get us signed and on the road within a year.” One imagines that her voice alone would have been promise enough. Sometimes recalling Emmylou Harris in its deliberately applied patches of gravel, and at others reaching deep for a smoother sound, it's an instrument that's carried her and her band through five major-label releases, most recently Bear Creek. The album finds the trio continuing to evolve its sound, from the huge choral backing of "That Wasn't Me" to "Heart's Content," which plays with the trappings of '60s pop in a folk landscape. It's not uncommon to find Carlile sounding like a straightforward alt-country chanteuse for a couple of verses before the band breaks loose into a chorus that adds guitar crunch to swelling emotion.
Carlile started her career as a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator before eventually performing alongside the Indigo Girls, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin. The Story, released in 2007, ensnared listeners when its title track was featured during an especially romantic surgery on Grey's Anatomy. Through it all, she's balanced widespread popularity with buckets of critical respect—such as a recent Boston Globe review that dubbed her "contemporary pop’s most expressive and astonishing singer this side of Adele."