Southeastern Michigan audiences have a long relationship with this Washington State–born songstress, who's forged folk music and the classic country she grew up with into a deep and introspective language that's all her own. We first hosted Brandi at The Ark on May 9, 2007, and with every show since then she's left haunting sounds behind her. We are beyond thrilled to present Brandi Carlile at the Michigan Theater, with the Michigan premiere of her new album, "By the Way, I Forgive You."
Brandi writes: "By the Way, I Forgive You" is not an album about forgiveness in the easy sense—where someone has hurt you and then suddenly there’s a great reconciliation and a remorse-filled scene with two people running across the golden wheat field towards an embrace that somehow undoes a lifetime of pain and damage, as if the past has no meaning. It’s about radical acceptance (not to be confused with complacency) and unconditional love.
"Whoever is reading this, your parents will die. You may have been hurt or loved by them, probably both. But can you forgive them for leaving in the end? We are a powerful generation witnessing war and division like never before, yet somehow this is the safest time to be alive in human history.
"Can we love one another as ourselves? More importantly, can we love ourselves at all? the songs alone aren’t universal messages, they are personal stories of our parents and childhood, our divorces, oppressive religion, the fact that marriage is hard and having children is fucking terrifying, even the sting of death. It is the story of forgiveness, that despite all this keeps us innocently climbing out of bed every morning open to love—big terrible trembling love. I don’t love you because you’ve done what I think you should do with your life. I love you whatever you do, but I’ve got a life to live too. And, by the way, I forgive you.
"For our upcoming 2018 spring and summer tour, each online ticket order will include a digital copy of our new album, By The Way, I Forgive You. We absolutely can’t wait to be with our friends and fans on the road and play these special songs for you. Instructions on how to redeem your album will be emailed when released on February 16th."