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Brandi Carlile gets comfortable in her 30s

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Brandi Carlile is finding that age brings, if not always wisdom, at least perspective.

Carlile acknowledges that much of her latest album, "Bear Creek," was written "about coming to a new age, turning 30, the way that snuck up on me and made me a cliche. That feels like a fresh wound even though I'm 31." At the same time, however, she says it's changed the way she views, and sings, some of her older material.

"Absolutely they mean different things now than they meant then," explains Carlile, who spent part of the summer on the road opening for the Dave Matthews Band. "Some of them you even regret, just like you'd regret something you wore 20 years ago in a photo. It's just irrelevant now -- but it's still impactful, because it's evolved and taken on different forms.

"So every once in awhile I look back from the stage when I'm singing the songs now, as a person who's married and feels a bit more settle, and I shudder with relief from not feeling that way I did when I wrote the song."

Carlile, who resides in Seattle, married partner Catherine Shepherd on Sept. 15 in Boston, and the two plan to also married in England. She does feel "more happy and secure and everything," and for a honeymoon the two chose to stay home, which she points out is "not something we ever get to do because we tour so much."

"We did some cool things," Carlile says. "We did some hiking on Mount Ranier, which I'd never done even though I lived in Washington State all my life. We went to Ocean Shores and hung out, saw an Alanis Morissette concert, had a fancy dinner -- all the things that somebody would do if they were from out of state and came to Washington State for their honeymoon.

"It was pretty cool."

Brandi Carlile and Blitzen Trapper perform Friday, Oct. 19, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$55. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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