LIVE FROM TASTE OF CHICAGO:
with Martha Redbone Roots Project
The magnificent Brandi Carlile, opening the 2018 addition of Taste of Chicago, located at Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell.
Brandi Carlile- currently touring on the support of her new album “By The Way, I Forgive You”.
Such deep and thoughtful exploration on Brandi’s new album, and also performing these new songs live.
It’s a treat to see Brandi Carlile perform live. She has such passionate vocals and an innocent and exuberant energy about her that is truly captivating to witness, especially in such a wonderful outdoor venue as the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park Chicago.
That Brandi Carlile consistently writes such honest and truthful songs, and sings them so fervently and with such commitment, is a testament to her many considerable talents.
Her backing band aren’t slouches either. This is one tight performing unit, down to the badass rhythm guitar playing of Tim Hanseroth, and his twin brother on bass – Phil Hanseroth.
Never is this more evident than on the song “Raise Hell”, a foot stomping jam that makes you beg to listen to every single note, down to the stomping feet (in unison) with the brothers Hanseroth.
Found this song captivating and riveting, making it known that true country stomp is alive and kicking, courtesy of Brandi Carlile and her band.
Coming full circle here in this brief live review- it has to be said that Brandi Carlile’s music has been classified in several genres, encompassing country, alternative country, folk, roots rock, rock, and even pop for crying out loud.
You know how you’re a damn good singer / songwriter?
When knuckleheads don’t even know how to classify your music.
Not that any of this matters.
Me- I’m in with this magical performance, and witnessing her band perform live on its own merit.
Martha Redbone and her band the Roots Project opened the show for Brandi Carlile.
Martha Redbone has a cool and authentic Native American style and appearance that’s riveting and wonderful to witness live as well.
Martha’s music explores Native American undertones, with hints of blues and deep eyed soul popping in and out of her songs at a moment’s notice.
You can tell that Martha has absorbed music and more music that infuses such traditional styles and yet keep it fresh and relevant.
Truly dug Martha’s set as well.
All n’ all, a wonderful way to open this years Taste of Chicago 2018.
Cheers- Bobby Talamine – Music Photographer