Even with producers like Rick Rubin behind the board, Brandi Carlile's albums have never been able to fully contain the power of her raw, rugged voice. The studio microphones peak and distort during some of her louder songs, taking some of the punch out of her high notes. Maybe that's why the Americana singer-songwriter decided to abandon microphones altogether — along with amplifiers, instrument cables, stage monitors and pretty much anything else electric — for her upcoming fall tour.
The Pin Drop Tour will hit the road on October 1st, bringing Carlile and "the twins" — longtime bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth — to sound-friendly venues like Wolf Trap in northern Virginia and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The shows will be entirely unplugged, allowing Carlile's voice to swell, swoon and sweep throughout the room without any electronics getting in the way. Take that, technology.
Meanwhile, fans can pre-order copies of Carlile's new children's book, Caroline. Released on September 1st, the story is based on the lyrics of "Caroline," a folksy rave-up from her 2009 release Give Up the Ghost.
Here are the Pin Drop Tour Dates:
10/1 Portsmouth, New Hampshire — The Music Hall
10/3 Cambridge, Massachusetts — Sanders Theatre
10/4 Philadelphia — Perelman Theater
10/6 Vienna, Virginia — The Barns at Wolf Trap
10/7 Vienna, Virginia — The Barns at Wolf Trap
10/9 New York — The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
10/10 Pittsburgh — Carnegie Lecture Hall
10/13 Chicago — Old Town School of Folk Music
10/14 Chicago — Old Town School of Folk Music
10/15 Stoughton, Wisconsin — Stoughton Opera House