On May 5th, Legacy Recordings…a division of Sony Music Entertainment…will release “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.”
This historic collection features newly recorded versions of all fourteen songs from Carlile’s breakthrough T Bone Burnett-produced 2007 album “The Story”, which just last month was certified Gold by the RIAA.
Adele, The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, and Margo Price are among the artists and activists lending their voices to celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary, and Barack Obama will provide a foreword.
All proceeds from the album will benefit War Child UK, an organization dedicated to supporting children affected by conflict. Carlile’s nonprofit, the Looking Out Foundation, launched the Story Campaign last year to raise awareness and funds for War Child UK.
Rolling Stone has premiered Dolly Parton’s new version of the original album’s title track “The Story,” listen here.
This is a David and Goliath story,” says Carlile. “Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child’s beautiful life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how, through the power of music.” She adds, “It’s not how hard you can throw, it’s how high you’re willing to aim.”
“Cover Stories” was recorded mostly over a series of sessions in 2016…with the exception of Adele’s take on “Hiding My Heart” which was originally released as a bonus track to her 2011 album “21”, and Ruby Amanfu’s “Shadow on the Wall,” originally released in 2015…with many special guests contributing to the already star-studded lineup.
Chris Stapleton adds guitar to Kris Kristofferson’s take on “Turpentine,” and Miranda Lambert lends backing vocals to Anderson East’s “Josephine.” Dave Cobb produced tracks by Kristofferson, Parton, and Price…Patrick Carney of the Black Keys produced Ruby Amanfu; Carlile and longtime bandmates The Twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) produced the Secret Sisters and TORRES.
Carlile and The Twins have confirmed a run of special tour dates to celebrate the release of “Cover Stories” called “An Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile Performing The Story in Its Entirety and More”. The nine-date run kicks off April 21 and shows in Birmingham, Athens, Austin & Los Angeles are already sold out.
This album defined our band and welded The Twins and me to one another forever. It’s been a transformative experience to revisit it 10 years later and watch it become something bigger than me. To hear the songs through the voices of my heroes is both surreal and humbling,” Carlile says reflecting on “The Story’s” 10th anniversary.
“Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child” track-listing:
- Late Morning Lullaby – Shovels & Rope
- The Story – Dolly Parton
- Turpentine – Kris Kristofferson
- My Song – Old Crow Medicine Show
- Wasted – Jim James
- Have You Ever – The Avett Brothers
- Josephine – Anderson East
- Losing Heart – Secret Sisters
- Cannonball – Indigo Girls
- Until I Die – TORRES
- Downpour – Margo Price
- Shadow On The Wall – Ruby Amanfu
- Again Today – Pearl Jam
- Hiding My Heart – Adele
For more information on “Cover Stories” go to: www.coverstoriesalbum.com