Moore Theatre Belltown
March 30–31, 2018, 7:30 pm All Ages
Recommended by Sean Nelson
Ask the average music fan anywhere in the world to name the biggest and best musical artists coming out of Seattle in 2018, and the answer is still likely to be Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, or some other boom-years band, active or not. This has now been true for more than 25 years, much to the frustration of many worthy Northwest artists. Consider Brandi Carlile, the folk/country/ pop artist from Ravensdale, Washington, who just released her seventh album in 13 years, the stately and assured By the Way, I Forgive You. Carlile’s career has been a steady progression of professional accolades, noteworthy collaborations, and artistic advancement—all of it off the traditional path of what one expects from Seattle artists. She has worked with legendary producers T-Bone Burnett and Rick Rubin, had songs in major commercials and Hollywood films, and heard them sung by contestants on American Idol and The Voice. Barack Obama declared his fandom for Carlile in 2015 when he added her song “Wherever Is Your Heart” to the first of his presidential Spotify playlists. All of which is a long way around saying that regardless of what measurement you apply— art, commerce, conscience, or craft—any list of Seattle music’s biggest and brightest talents that doesn’t include Brandi Carlile’s name belongs to the past.