I've been writing about Brandi Carlile for a while and now her third album, "Give Up the Ghost" has just been released. It's a relief when an album by a relatively new artist lives up to their early promise and "Give Up the Ghost" more than meets expectations.
As you can see from these two clips, Carlile is a mix of country and rock - heavier on the country part and with a terrific high register that radiates genuine feeling. There's a slicker promo for the album on YouTube than you can click to here to hear her talk about the album, but I prefer the authenticity of these live clips (of which there are hundreds on the web) because it seems like the preferred way you would want to see her and the band.
No fancy frills, dancers, or light shows at these concerts. This is music for the un-photoshopped!