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“If you start a band with me, I’ll get us signed and on the road within a year”…… Not only did the determined, confident and tenacious 22-year-old Brandi Carlile come through with her promise to twin bothers and initially reluctant band members Phil and Tim Hanseroth, but she also exceeded their expectations. Carlile landed the prophesied record deal with Columbia Records one year later and with the guidance of producer Rick Rubin, they recorded and released their eponymous debut album in early 2005. “The Twins were local heroes to me, I used to go and watch them play live when they were in The Fighting Machinists, I thought they were cool but more importantly great singers and songwriters.” Carlile, in a vain attempt to impress her newfound comrades, ordered in some dry ice to lure them to their first band rehearsal. “I didn’t know how dangerous overexposure to carbon dioxide could be, so I ended up nearly killing us all from asphyxiation!” Near-death experiences aside, this was the beginning of a unique collaboration. It was a partnership that would see Brandi Carlile and
Tim and Phil Hanseroth sharing everything from the stage, songwriting and production credits and all creative business decisions, to bunk beds, road pranks, swine flu, confined spaces and dirty t-shirts too.”

As mentioned yesterday, Brandi is performing this upcoming Monday in Munhall. My thanks to her for participating in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Brandi. I am sure there are a bunch of people who would love to have the opportunity to dispute your mot disappointed album claim…

Not an uber fan of hers but I do like that song ‘The Story’ a lot. My first exposure to here was outside Club Cafe in 2006. I was waiting in line for the sold out matt pond PA/dios malos late show doors when Brandi came out of the club after finishing the early show. She seemed very quiet but nice, I guess. I had no clue who she was till I found out later. Yeah, thrilling tale….More photos here.

Above image courtesy of not me If you have not heard yet, the Brandi Carlile/PSO concert has been cancelled due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’. Bummer, I was looking forward to that show. A big thanks to all of you who participated in the ticket giveaway contest. I really appreciated the many responses.

To end the post on a high note, there is a tentative date set for Teenage Fanclub at Smalls on Sunday October 3, 2010. Coincidentally, I have been on a mini TFC kick as of late and am excited to see this show. Key word is tentative so hopefully it sticks.

I hardly ever do ticket giveaways here but this is a huge exception. My dear friends at the PSO are offering up a pair of passes for readers of this blog to the one off performance with Brandi. Now, just to put this in perspective, her band will be playing with an orchestra. Our world class orchestra! Her next gig will be her first of two dates on the long awaited Lilith Fair the following week. Thinking back, I can’t believe I missed the Ben Folds show with them, which by some accounts was a contender for the concert of the year. This will be just as special. I am thrilled that the symphony folks are teaming contemporary ‘rock’ stars in a classical setting. Imagine the future possibilities!

Please send an email to my other account-hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line Brandi. I know am I going to get a ton of responses and don’t fret if you aren’t randomly picked.Well, do fret because as with my past experience, these will be primo seats! The contest will close on June 23rd when I contact the winner. Good luck!