Brandi Carlile releases “The Mother” off upcoming album “By the Way, I Forgive You,” out Feb. 16

“By the Way, I Forgive You” cover art by Scott Avett

NEW YORK, Ny. (Dec. 8, 2017) – Brandi Carlile’s new song, “The Mother,” is premiering today. Of the song, Carlile explains, “‘Welcome to the end of being alone inside your mind…’ To some, this sounds like the realization of their most sacred dreams—true companionship. For some, this sacrifice is too much to bear and requires its own brand of radical forgiveness. For the most part and for me, it’s equal measures of both. I am not just a mother, but it’s all that I am.”

“The Mother” is the second track unveiled from Carlile’s highly anticipated new album “By The Way, I Forgive You,” which will be released Feb. 16. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings, the album is Carlile’s first release in partnership with Cobb’s Low Country Sound imprint at Elektra Records.

Already receiving acclaim, the album’s first single, “The Joke,” recently premiered and was the #1 most added song at AAA radio for two straight weeks. Of the single, NPR Music’s Ann Powers asserts, “’By The Way, I Forgive You’ takes Carlile and her longtime bandmates, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, into a new space of risk-taking—as well as the emotional stratosphere. ‘The Joke,’ the first track to be released from ‘By The Way,’ exemplifies the album’s massive ambition. A country-rock aria dedicated to the delicate boys and striving girls born into—and, Carlile insists, destined to triumph over—this divisive time, ‘The Joke’ offers a stunning vocal performance from Carlile, swathed in warm piano, big drums and a perfect string arrangement.”

In celebration of the album, the band will embark on an extensive nationwide tour in 2018 including shows at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom (sold out), Seattle’s Moore Theatre (two nights, both sold out), New York’s Beacon Theatre (three nights), Boston’s Orpheum Theatre (two nights, first night sold out), Chicago’s Chicago Theatre and Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. All concert tickets are now on sale.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, “By The Way, I Forgive You” includes ten new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Of their close relationship, Brandi comments, “The Twins and I have been in a band for so long now. And not just a band, we are literally a family. When you create art with twins, it becomes unclear when I end and where they begin.” In addition to Carlile (vocals, guitar, piano), Tim Hanseroth (vocals, bass), Phil Hanseroth (vocals, guitar), Cobb (guitar, percussion) and Jennings (piano, organ), the album features Chris Powell (drums), Josh Neumann (cello), John Mark Painter (French horn) as well as string arrangements and conducting by the late Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, The Rolling Stones).

Brandi Carlile

Over the course of their acclaimed career, the band has released six albums, including 2015’s “The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” which garnered a Grammy nomination for “Best Americana Album.” Additionally, earlier this year, they released “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child),” which features 14 artists covering the songs on their breakthrough album “The Story” with all proceeds benefiting War Child. Artists included on the acclaimed project, which Rolling Stone calls, “tender and powerful,” include Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price and Jim James as well as a forward written by President Obama.

Most recently, the band performed at the Obama Foundation Summit’s inaugural community event (on the personal invitation from President Obama). Curated by Chance the Rapper, other artists involved included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Gloria Estefan, Andra Day, Nas, The National and Francis & the Lights.

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Brandi Carlile with Phil and Tim Hanseroth

In addition to their work as a band, Carlile and the Hanseroth twins remain committed to social activism and advocacy. Together, they are founders of the Looking Out Foundation, which aims to amplify the impact of music by empowering those without a voice. From neighborhood to nation, the foundation helps fund causes and organizations that often go unnoticed. $1 from every concert ticket sold goes directly toward efforts to support the diverse demographic they aim to serve. For more information on how to volunteer, donate or advocate visit


  1. Every Time I Hear That Song
  2. The Joke
  3. Hold Out Your Hand
  4. The Mother
  5. Whatever You Do
  6. Fulton County Jane Doe
  7. Sugartooth
  8. Most Of All
  9. Harder To Forgive
  10. Party Of One


  • Dec. 13—Anaheim, Ca.—House of Blues
  • Dec. 15—Stanford, Ca.—Memorial Auditorium
  • Dec. 16—Davis, Ca.—Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
  • Dec. 17—Grass Valley, Ca.—Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium
  • Jan. 12-14—Cancun, Mexico—Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya
  • Feb. 4-11—Cayamo, A Journey Through Song (SOLD OUT)
  • March 3—Vancouver, Bc.—Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
  • March 4—Bellingham, Wa.—Mt. Baker Theatre
  • March 30—Seattle, Wa.—Moore Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • March 31—Seattle, Wa.—Moore Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • April 5—New York, Ny.—Beacon Theatre
  • April 6—New York, Ny.—Beacon Theatre
  • April 7—New York, Ny.—Beacon Theatre
  • April 21-22—North Charleston, Sc.—High Water Fest
  • May 4—Boston, Ma.—Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • May 5—Boston, Ma.—Orpheum Theatre
  • May 6—Albany, Ny.—Palace Theatre
  • May 8—Ithaca, Ny.—State Theatre
  • May 9—Richmond, Va.—Maymont Park
  • May 11—Wilmington, Nc.—Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
  • May 12—Raleigh, Nc.—Memorial Auditorium
  • May 13—Asheville, Nc.—Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • May 15—Rocky Mount, Va.—Harvester Performance Center
  • May 18—Philadelphia, Pa.—Merriam Theater
  • May 19—Washington, Dc.—The Anthem
  • June 15—Chicago, Il.—Chicago Theatre
  • Aug. 12—Denver, Co.—Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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