Brandi Carlile wins three GRAMMY Awards, performs “The Joke” during live broadcast




Brandi Carlile won three awards at last night’s 61st GRAMMY Awards: “Best Americana Album (By The Way, I Forgive You), Best American Roots Song (“The Joke”) and Best American Roots Performance (“The Joke”). Carlile also delivered a breakthrough performance of “The Joke” on the live awards broadcast (watch HERE). Of the performance, The New York Times proclaimed, “Carlile’s vocals were robust, ragged, full of sneer and hope. On a night curiously light on impressive singing, it was an uncomplicated, genuine, cleansing thrill,” while the Los Angeles Times called it, “triumphant” and Rolling Stonedescribed it as, “breathtaking.”
The awards culminate a landmark year for the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer following the release of By The Way, I Forgive You. Produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
In celebration of the release, Carlile will continue her extensive tour through 2019 including a special debut headline performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 14. Additional stops include Dallas’ The Bomb Factory, Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, St. Paul’s Minnesota State Fair, Philadelphia’s The Mann and Berkeley’s The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley among others. See below for complete details.
Released on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (purchase), By The Way, I Forgive Youcontinues to receive overwhelming critical praise…
“…Carlile found a way to express the undeniable, full-throttle force of
her remarkable talent and passion…A true masterpiece.” —American Songwriter,
Top 25 Albums of 2018
#3: Top Songs of 2018 (“The Joke”)—American Songwriter
 “Lyrically touching and musically gorgeous, Carlile’s latest record was a triumph, heralding yet another example of excellent queer musicianship outside of the
pop genre”—Billboard, #3: The 20 Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists in 2018
The 50 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far): Critic’s Picks—Billboard
“…musical masterpiece…”—The Bluegrass Situation
“…an icon in the making.” —
“It’s my album of the year”—Elton John on his Rocket Hour radio show on Beats1
#11: The 20 best albums of 2018—Entertainment Weekly
#3: 10 Best Country Albums of 2018—Esquire
#2: Best Country Songs of 2018 (“Every Time I Hear That Song”)—Esquire
 “…a master class in heart-on-sleeve songwriting as resistance. Add on her truly incomparable vocal performances, as well as a captivating live presence, and there’s no
way not to want Brandi Carlile to take over the world.”—Folk Alley, Best of 2018
The Best Albums of 2018—The Guardian US
“…Brandi Carlile is a gale force well beyond the realms of Americana music. The industry—and worldwide spotlight—is simply catching up to her.” —The Los Angeles Times
 “…an anthem for the belittled and bullied…evokes the grand crescendos of ‘A Day
in the Life’ and the finale of ‘Abbey Road’…”—The New York Times
#3: Best Songs of 2018 (“The Joke”)—Newsday
“…haunting and ethereally beautiful. By The Way, I Forgive You is an album for the ages.”—No Depression, Our Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2018
By the Way, I Forgive You is a ten-song reckoning.”—Noisey,
The 100 Best Albums of 2018
#28: The 100 Best Songs of 2018 (“The Joke”)—Noisey
 “Carlile’s huge, warm voice, with its vibrato ending each phrase as if turning into a memory, works perfectly within the album’s grand, expressive settings, untethered to genre, massive but intimate.”—NPR Music, Best Albums of 2018
“Opting to reject bitterness, self pity or revenge, Carlile’s form of forgiveness—in her music and in these real life gestures—carries a mighty strength.”—NPR Fresh Air
“On By the Way, I Forgive You, she aims higher than ever before, this time with her best songs and exquisite production on her side.”—Paste, #6: The 20 Best Folk Albums of 2018
 “…this is her moment.”—Pitchfork
“My Favorite Songs of 2017” (“The Joke”)—President Barack Obama
“My Favorite Songs of 2018” (“Every Time I Hear That Song”)—President Barack Obama
“…Carlile has proven herself to be the voice and the witness we all need in a very dark hour…”—Refinery 29, The 10 Best Albums of 2018
“She’s been one of folk’s best songwriters for a decade, but this time
around Carlile outdid herself with an inspirational, understated-yet-huge set of songs.”★★★★—Rolling Stone
#12: 50 Best Albums of 2018—Rolling Stone
#3: 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018—Rolling Stone
 “If there’s any justice in the world, By The Way, I Forgive You should catapult
Brandi Carlile into music’s upper echelons.”—Salon
#4: The 20 Best Folk and Country Records of 2018—UPROXX
By The Way, I Forgive You is the kind of unforgettable, inimitable story-song that has
made Brandi Carlile a living legend in the folk songwriting community.”—UPROXX
“It’s an album in which the personal and the political subtly and sublimely intertwine, with personal responsibility and radical empathy as the throughlines.”—Variety
Additionally, the official music video for Carlile’s song “Party Of One” starring Elisabeth Moss recently premiered. Watch/share HERE. Produced by Whooden Collective, the video stars Moss, who also served as Creative Director and Producer, and features a female-led crew including Bérénice Eveno (Director), Nicole Disson (Co-star), Diane Pellegrino (Producer), Garen Barsegian (Executive Producer), Kate Siegel (Executive Producer), Tara Bassim (Line Producer) and Cristina Dunlap (Cinematographer). Moreover, a duet version of the song, featuring Sam Smith, premiered earlier this fall. Listen/share HERE. Profits from the recording benefit Children in Conflict via Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation as part of its ongoing campaign to raise $1 million for children impacted by war. More information can be found at and
Over the course of their acclaimed career, Carlile and her band have released six albums, including 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. Additionally, in 2017, they released Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child), which features 14 artists covering the songs on their breakthrough album The Story with all proceeds benefiting War Child. Artists included on the acclaimed project, which Rolling Stone calls, “tender and powerful,” include Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price and Jim James as well as a forward written by President Obama. More details can be found here.
March 23—Panama City Beach, FL—Aaron Bessant Amphitheater
April 12—Dallas, TX—The Bomb Factory
April 13—Dale, TX—Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 27—Wilkesboro, NC—Merlefest
May 24 & 25—Shelburne, VT— Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green
May 26—Boston, MA—Harvard University Athletics Complex
June 1—Quincy, WA—The Gorge Amphitheater
June 14—Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 16—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 20-23—Telluride, CO—Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 29—Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
July 25—Floyd, VA—FloydFest
August 4—St. Charles, IA—Hinterland Music Festival
August 19—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre†
August 20—Birmingham, AL—Oak Mountain Amphitheatre†
August 23—Troutdale, OR—Edgefield Concerts Amphitheater
August 24—Troutdale, OR—Edgefield Concerts Amphitheater
August 29—Bayfield, WI—Big Top Chautauqua
August 30—Bayfield, WI—Big Top Chautauqua
August 31—St. Paul, MN—Minnesota State Fair
September 6—Philadelphia, PA—The Mann#
September 7-8—Chattanooga, TN—Moon River Music Festival
September 14—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden
September 21—Berkeley, CA—The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
*with special guest Lucius
†Heart: Love Alive Tour
#with special guest Mavis Staples

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