Sometimes you just need to let it all out. If you’re someone like Samantha Bee, that might mean a good “healing cry.” Or, in the case of Wednesday night’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, hearing Brandi Carlile sing a joyous version of “Hold Out Your Hand.”
Bee introduced Carlile’s performance with an utterly relatable reflection on feeling overwhelmed, joking that she copes by doing things such as “eating a pie like it’s a sandwich.” At the mention of the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s name, Bee says, “Oh my god, I feel a healing cry coming on already.” Carlile’s performance on Full Frontal is more likely to induce tears of joy than rage, though, her voice ragged and raspy on each end-of-your-rope verse before hitting a jubilant release in the choruses with the help of her six-piece band. Carlile’s “Wa-hoo!” cry after the second verse is enough to exercise some demons all on its own.
“Hold Out Your Hand” appears on By the Way, I Forgive You, Carlile’s Dave Cobb- and Shooter Jennings-produced LP that spawned the AAA hit single “The Joke.” She plays Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay in San Diego, California, tonight.