Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:23
Brandi Carlile recently toured through the state, including a show with the Indigo Girls at The Moon in Tallahassee. Ever since I first saw Brandi last year, I’ve wanted to catch another show. She puts on a great show, and her powerful voice is amazing when paired with the almost-country style of her songs.
By John Davisson
Brandi Carlile opened with her whole band gathered around one microphone for “Oh Dear,” and played some of her best songs, like “Turpentine,” “Dreams,” and “The Story.” For “Dyin’ Day” she and her band stepped in front of the microphones to do the song totally unplugged, not an easy feat in such a large club, but she has the pipes. Her set at The Moon was was brief, she only played 13 songs, but she joined the Indigo Girls for 14 songs - more than half of the Girls' set.
Brandi’s fans slowly filtered out of the room, thinking that was it for Brandi. By the time half the people had left, Brandi then returned to join The Indigo Girls for the Dylan nugget “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” and twelve more songs, including two of her own.
One of the songs they played together was, "Let It Go," a new tune that Brandi and Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls) wrote together. The song will be released March 8 on Amazon to benefit the charity Fight the Fear Campaign, which teaches women self-defense and violence prevention.
I made the right choice for catching Brandi, as she was onstage for more than two dozen tunes, including some she probably does not normally include in her set. It’s nice when Florida gets theses limited-run shows.