Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile Adores The Ryman And The Feeling Is Mutual

Jan 21, 2020
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Almost exactly a year ago, singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile dropped the jaws of the nation and the big time music industry with her televised performance of “The Joke” on the Grammy Awards. She won her first three Grammys that night, with all the contrived yet important legitimacy that confers. That was also the point at which thousands and thousands of fans who’d been bonding with and singing along with Carlile during her 20-year rise from Seattle clubs were perhaps thinking, “Where’ve y’all been?” 

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Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will usher in the next decade with a residency by acclaimed Americana songwriter Brandi Carlile in the opening weeks of 2020, the artist revealed this week. In a video announcement, Carlile previewed the Ryman run with excitement and reverence, calling it “My favorite venue in the country,” and “A dream come true of mine.”

We’ve now been to the movie and we know how it ends. Two powerful women of country music, snubbed in recent years by the radio format their heroines helped build into America’s largest, showed the music industry – on that imperfect but necessary stage that is the Grammy Awards - that they are the voices and songwriters of now.