Brandi Carlile performed her new single "The Joke" as well as a web exclusive version of "The Mother" on last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Watch HERE. Both songs are from Carlile's highly anticipated new album By The Way, I Forgive You, which will be released February 16 and is now available for pre-order. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings, the album is Carlile's first release in partnership with Cobb's Low Country Soundimprint at Elektra Records. Each digital pre-order comes with immediate downloads of "The Joke" and "The Mother."
Already receiving widespread acclaim, NPR Music's Ann Powers asserts, "By The Way, I Forgive You takes Carlile and her longtime bandmates, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, into a new space of risk-taking-as well as the emotional stratosphere. 'The Joke,' the first track to be released from By The Way, exemplifies the album's massive ambition. A country-rock aria dedicated to the delicate boys and striving girls born into-and, Carlile insists, destined to triumph over-this divisive time, 'The Joke' offers a stunning vocal performance from Carlile, swathed in warm piano, big drums and a perfect string arrangement." Additionally, The New York Times praises, "Motherhood is disruptive, messy, inconvenient, enlightening and triumphant in 'The Mother'...Its fingerpicking folk-rock unfurls from a blurry awakening-'First things that she took from me were selfishness and sleep'-to unabashed pride and joy," while XPN The Key calls it, "an achingly heartfelt and quietly powerful track."
In celebration of the album, the band will embark on an extensive nationwide tour this year including shows at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom (sold out), Seattle's Moore Theatre (two nights, both sold out), New York's Beacon Theatre (three nights), Boston's Orpheum Theatre (two nights, first night sold out), Chicago's Chicago Theatre and Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre. All concert tickets are now on sale. See below for details.