Tuesday, February 21, 2017
– Brandi Carlile's "The Story" will get the tribute treatment with help from the likes of Adele, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Margo Price and The Avett Brothers as "Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story - An Album to Benefit War Child," is out May 5 on Sony Legacy.
The collection features mainly newly recorded versions of all 14 songs from Carlile's breakthrough T Bone Burnett-produced 2007 album "The Story," which last month was certified Gold by the RIAA. Former President Barack Obama will provide a foreword. All proceeds benefit War Child UK, an organization dedicated to supporting children affected by conflict. Carlile's nonprofit, the Looking Out Foundation, launched the Story Campaign last year to raise awareness and funds for War Child UK.
"This is a David and Goliath story," said Carlile. "Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child's beautiful life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So, I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how, through the power of music
"It's not how hard you can throw, it's how high you're willing to aim," she said.
"Cover Stories" was recorded mostly over a series of sessions in 2016 (with the exception of Adele's take on "Hiding My Heart" which was originally released as a bonus track to her 2011 album "21," and Ruby Amanfu's "Shadow on the Wall," originally released in 2015) with special guests contributing as well.
Chris Stapleton adds guitar to Kristofferson's take on "Turpentine," and Miranda Lambert lends backing vocals to Anderson East's "Josephine." Dave Cobb produced tracks by Kristofferson, Parton, and Price; Patrick Carney of Black Keys produced Amanfu; Carlile and longtime band mates The Twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) produced the Secret Sisters and TORRES.
Carlile and The Twins confirmed a run of tour dates to celebrate the release of "Cover Stories called An Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile Performing The Story in Its Entirety and More." The 9-date run kicks off April 21.
"This album defined our band and welded The Twins and me to one another forever," Carlile said. "It's been a transformative experience to revisit it 10 years later and watch it become something bigger than me. To hear the songs through the voices of my heroes is both surreal and humbling."
Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK said, "War Child has a strong and enduring story of harnessing the power of music to support children forced to live with the brutality of war. This fantastic album will help fund our vital work - from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and working in juvenile justice in Afghanistan."
The tracking listing is:
1 - Late Morning Lullaby - Shovels & Rope
2 - The Story - Dolly Parton
3 - Turpentine - Kris Kristofferson
4 - My Song - Old Crow Medicine Show
5 - Wasted - Jim James
6 - Have You Ever - The Avett Brothers
7 - Josephine - Anderson East
8 - Losing Heart - Secret Sisters
9 - Cannonball - Indigo Girls
10 - Until I Die - TORRES
11 - Downpour - Margo Price
12 - Shadow On The Wall - Ruby Amanfu
13 - Again Today - Pearl Jam
14 - Hiding My Heart - Adele
Tour dates are:
April 21 - Birmingham, AL - Lyric Theatre - SOLD OUT
April 22 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre - SOLD OUT
April 24-25 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
April 28 - Houston, TX - Cullen Performance Hall
April 29 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at Moody Theatre - SOLD OUT
April 30 - Dallas, TX - The Majestic Theater
May 5 - Los Angeles, CA - John Anson Ford Amphitheatre - SOLD OUT
May 6 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic