Brandi Carlisle: Raise Hell

Written by Matthew Worth


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 3, 2017

For the longest time, Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson (hosts of NPR’s All Songs Considered) were my podcasting companions on road trips and flights. They introduced me to Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, The Head and the Heart, The Civil Wars, and Dirty Projectors. Perhaps my favorite innovation of Boilen’s is his hosting of Tiny Desk Concerts—he sets up a tripod in his office, and invites an artist to play in the office while the NPR music staff watches. We, the uninvited audience, get to see the concert through the marvels of modern technology. The mini concerts are up-close, personal and extremely exposed for the performer. My favorite of these TDC’s is Brandi Carlisle’s from 2012, coinciding with her release of her album Bear Creek. In the opening track of “Raise Hell,” she and the Hanseroth brothers (guitars) saw away at the text and music. Their performance is raw and revealing and I love the gruffness in her voice.

You can also watch the video of the performance here.

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Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive”, Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge. Last season, he created the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera. This season he will lead another highly anticipated world premiere with Beth Morrison Projects as the Young Monk in Scott Wheeler’s Naga – part of Cerise Jacobs’ epic Ouroboros Trilogy, and will appear with NYFOS in Arias and Barcarolles / The Bernstein Songbook presented by Lyric Opera Kansas City on October 14, 2017.


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