Brandi Carlile delivered lots of happy, little gifts for fans during her two-night, four-show stint at the State Room on Thursday and Friday. The singer-songwriter—known for the lyrical honesty and vocal strength she brings to her folk-rock sound—donned a Santa hat and, in addition to a solid set list that included Hard Way Home from her recent Bear Creek album and a cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene, granted a few Christmas wishes by taking requests during the sold-out show.
What Can I Say, unplugged
Joined by bandmates, “the twins,” Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Carlilie finished up her fourth and final show at the State Room on Friday night by going fully unplugged twice. Stepping away from the sound system to perform a serene rendition of Silent Night and What Can I Say from her 2005 eponymous album, Carlile made the most of venue's acoustics and intimacy. A sweet rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow played in tribute to the victims of last week's mass shooting in Connecticut brought tears, while her haunting cover of Patsy Cline's Crazy alongside harmonica player Mickey Raphael—who has recorded with Willie Nelson, U2 and Neil Young—highlighted the power of Carlile's voice.
Crazy, with Mickey Raphael
Carlile is a Salt Lake favorite and has been selling out shows here for years, including an unprecedented three-day stint at the State Room in 2010 and summer performance at Red Butte Garden last July. “I've had such a beautiful time in your town,” she told the crowd Friday. “I always do.”
Click here for our one-on-one interview with Carlile in July.