Brandi Carlile performed “The Joke” as well as a web exclusive version of “Whatever You Do” on last night’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Both songs come from Carlile’s new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 43,000 units (41,000 in traditional album sales)—a career high for the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer.

Released on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (purchase), By The Way, I Forgive You features ten new original songs including the breakout first single, “The Joke,” which is currently in its sixth week in the top ten at Triple A Radio. Watch the song’s official music video HERE.

Produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings, By The Way, I Forgive You is already receiving overwhelming praise…

“…a raw, stunning demonstration of Carlile’s vocal prowess and offers an inspirational message of empowerment and resilience.” —American Songwriter

“…her new musical masterpiece, By the Way, I Forgive You.” —The Bluegrass Situation

“…showcases some of Carlile’s finest lyricism and singing yet.” —Entertainment Weekly

“…an anthem for the belittled and bullied…evokes the grand crescendos of ‘A Day in the Life’ and the finale of\ ‘Abbey Road’…” —The New York Times

“…haunting and ethereally beautiful. By The Way, I Forgive You is an album for the ages.” —No Depression

“It’s the sound of an artist laying it all on the line.” —NPR Music

“Opting to reject bitterness, self pity or revenge, Carlile’s form of forgiveness—in her music and in these real life gestures—carries a mighty strength.” —NPR Fresh Air

“…this is her moment.” —Pitchfork

“My Favorite Songs of 2017” (“The Joke”) —President Barack Obama 

“…quickly chiseled itself a spot at the top of the best vocal performances of the year, and provided one of the most poignant lyrical moments too.” —Rolling Stone

“If there's any justice in the world, By The Way, I Forgive You should catapult Brandi Carlile into music's upper echelons.” —Salon

“Carlile can hit diva-like highs but knows the devil is in the details. Dig in, and you might even forgive yourself for not discovering Carlile sooner.”—Variety

In celebration of the album, the band will embark on an extensive nationwide tour this year including two newly added co-headline shows with Jason Isbell in Canandaigua, NY and Portland, ME in July as well as dates 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, both sold out), Chicago’s Chicago Theatre (sold out) and Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (sold out). See below for details.

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).

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, last 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. More details can be found here.

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

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.


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

*co-headline with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

March 29 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
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 20 /// Pelham, NY /// PBS Bluegrass Underground (SOLD OUT)
April 21-22 /// North Charleston, SC /// High Water Fest
May 4 /// Boston, MA /// Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT)
May 5 /// Boston, MA /// Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT)
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 (SOLD OUT)
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 (SOLD OUT)
May 19 /// Washington, D.C. /// The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
May 20 /// Washington, D.C. /// The Anthem
May 26 /// Charlotte, NC /// Outlaw Music Festival
June 8 /// Toronto, ON /// Massey Hall
June 9 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// Michigan Theater (SOLD OUT)
June 10 /// Russell, OH /// LaurelLive
June 15 /// Chicago, IL /// Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)
June 16 /// Bayfield, WI /// Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
June 17 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Riverside Theater
June 19 /// Cedar Rapids, IA /// Paramount Theatre
June 20 /// Kansas City, MO /// Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
June 22 /// St. Louis, MO /// Peabody Opera House
June 23 /// Louisville, KY /// Louisville Palace Theatre
July 20 /// Canandaigua, NY /// CMAC*
July 21 /// Portland, ME /// Thompson’s Point*
August 3-5 /// Ninilchik, AK /// Salmonfest
August 12 /// Denver, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
August 17 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Greek Theatre