Thursday, July 18, 2024




Brandi Carlile is nominated for Artist of the YearAlbum of the Year (for By The Way, I Forgive You) and Song of the Year (for “The Joke”) at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards. The annual awards show will take place on September 12 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The nominations follow a landmark year for Carlile, whose new album, By The Way, I Forgive You debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and performer. Released on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (purchase), the album was produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings and features the breakout single, “The Joke.” Watch the song’s official music video as well as recent live performances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Recent critical praise for By The Way, I Forgive You

“…a raw, stunning demonstration of Carlile’s vocal prowess and offers an inspirational message of empowerment and resilience.” —American Songwriter

“…her new musical masterpiece, By the Way, I Forgive You.”—The Bluegrass Situation

“…showcases some of Carlile’s finest lyricism and singing yet.”—Entertainment Weekly

“…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

“…haunting and ethereally beautiful. By The Way, I Forgive You is an
album for the ages.”—No Depression

“It’s the sound of an artist laying it all on the line.”—NPR Music

“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

“Oh, 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

“…this is her moment.”—Pitchfork

“My Favorite Songs of 2017” (“The Joke”)—President Barack Obama

“…quickly chiseled itself a spot at the top of the best vocal performances of the year, and provided one of the most poignant lyrical moments too.”—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

“‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ is the kind of unforgettable, unimitable story-song that has made Brandi Carlile a living legend in the folk songwriting community.”—UPROXX

“Carlile can hit diva-like highs but knows the devil is in the details. Dig in, and you might even forgive yourself for not discovering Carlile sooner.”—Variety

In celebration of the album, Carlile will tour extensively throughout 2018 including stops at Washington D.C.’s The Anthem (two nights), Chicago’s Chicago Theatre, Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Los Angeles’ The Greek Theatre and Seattle’s Moore Theatre among many others. See below for complete details.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, By The Way, I Forgive You includes ten new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Of their close relationship, Brandi comments, “The Twins and I have been in a band for so long now. And not just a band, we are literally a family. When you create art with twins, it becomes unclear when I end and where they begin.” In addition to Carlile (vocals, guitar, piano), Tim Hanseroth (vocals, bass), Phil Hanseroth (vocals, guitar), Cobb (guitar, percussion) and Jennings (piano, organ), the album features Chris Powell (drums), Josh Neumann (cello), John Mark Painter (French horn) as well as string arrangements and conducting by the late Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, The Rolling Stones).

Over the course of their acclaimed career, the band has released six albums, including 2015’sThe Firewatcher’s Daughter, which garnered a Grammy nomination for “Best Americana Album.” Additionally, last year, 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,” includeDolly 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.

In addition to their work as a band, Carlile and the Hanseroth twins remain committed to social activism and advocacy. Together, they are founders of the Looking Out Foundation, which aims to amplify the impact of music by empowering those without a voice. From neighborhood to nation, the foundation helps fund causes and organizations that often go unnoticed. $1 from every concert ticket sold goes directly toward efforts to support the diverse demographic they aim to serve. For more information on how to volunteer, donate or advocate visit


  1. Every Time I Hear That Song
  2. The Joke
  3. Hold Out Your Hand
  4. The Mother
  5. Whatever You Do
  6. Fulton County Jane Doe
  7. Sugartooth
  8. Most Of All
  9. Harder To Forgive
  10. Party Of One


May 18—Philadelphia, PA—Merriam Theater (SOLD OUT)

May 19—Washington, D.C.—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)

May 20—Washington, D.C.—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)

June 8—Toronto, ON—Massey Hall

June 9—Ann Arbor, MI—Michigan Theater (SOLD OUT)

June 10—Russell, OH—LaurelLive

June 13—Grand Rapids, MI—Frederick Meijer Gardens (SOLD OUT)

June 15—Chicago, IL—Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)

June 16—Bayfield, WI—Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

June 17—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater

June 19—Cedar Rapids, IA—Paramount Theatre

June 20—Kansas City, MO—Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

June 22—St. Louis, MO—Peabody Opera House

June 23—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)

June 24—Atlanta, GA—Chastain Park Amphitheatre

July 11—Chicago, IL—Taste of Chicago Festival

July 14—Napa, CA—Robert Mondavi Winery (SOLD OUT)

July 20—Canandaigua, NY—CMAC*

July 21—Portland, ME—Thompson’s Point*

July 22—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*

July 26—Brooklyn, NY—BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

July 29—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival

August 3-5—Ninilchik, AK—Salmonfest

August 12—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)

August 13—Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden (SOLD OUT)

August 16—San Diego, CA—Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay

August 17—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre

August 18—Santa Barbara, CA—Arlington, Theatre

August 21—San Luis Obispo, CA—Fermont Theatre

August 22—Saratoga, CA—Mountain Winery

August 24—Jacksonville, OR—Britt Festival Fairgrounds

August 25—Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheatre

September 1—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre (SOLD OUT)

September 7—Burgettstown, PA—Outlaw Music Festival

September 22­-23—Franklin, KY—Pilgrimage Festival

September 28—Charlottesville, VA—Sprint Pavilion

September 29-30—Asbury Park, NJ—Sea Hear Now

October 5-7—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 12-14—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival

GGM Staff



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