Bear Creek

Bear Creek

by Brandi Carlile


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Named in honor of the converted turn-of-the-century Washington barn where it was recorded, Brandi Carlile's fourth studio outing, the rough and tumble, sweet and soulful Bear Creek, is as fiery as it is bucolic. Carlile's wonderfully expressive voice is as tailor-made for country as it is for roots rock, and the 13 cuts on Bear Creek lean heavily on the former, striking a nice balance between the nuanced twang of Alison Krauss and the bluesy cockiness of Bonnie Raitt, especially on the spirited, boot-stomping opener "Hard Way Home," the sweet and steady "Keep Your Heart Young," and the gospel-kissed howler "Raise Hell." The notion of diminishing youth (Carlile turned 30 during the making of the album) plays a pivotal role on Bear Creek, and contributes to some of its finest moments. Both "A Promise to Keep," with its soft cadence, deft fingerpicking, and stoic refrain of "The hill I'm walking up is getting good and steep," and the lush and languid closer "Just Kids" manage to bask in the sepia glow of nostalgia without disappearing into the past, which is an attribute that Carlile, with her old-school melodic sense and genuine flair for Roy Orbison/Patsy Cline melodrama, displayed with 2007's blistering future American Idol standard "The Story." Four albums in, Carlile has honed her distinctly retro brand of Northwest Americana down to science, and Bear Creek feels both easy and immediate, which is usually what happens when talented artists finally figure out who they are, and that heartache, failure, defiance, and confidence can all go to the dance together.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886919612226
catalogNumber: 196122
Rank: 3245

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brandi Carlile   Primary Artist,Organ,Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Jay Joyce   Mandolin
Jeb Bows   Mandolin,Violin
Allison Miller   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
David Palmer   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Hanseroth   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Phil Hanseroth   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Josh Neumann   Piano,Cello,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Jay Joyce   Producer,Engineer
Trina Shoemaker   Producer,Engineer
Greg Latterman   Management
Jon Ervie   Engineer
Twins   Producer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Jason Hall   Engineer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Brandi Carlile   Composer
Tim Hanseroth   Composer,Engineer
Phil Hanseroth   Composer
Mark Cunningham   Management
Brandi   Producer
Chip Hooper   Booking
Duffy McSwiggin   Booking

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