Published Feb 21, 2017Brandi Carlile's music will form the basis of a new charity album titled Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story — An Album to Benefit War Child. The record is due out on May 5 and features an impressive cast of famous voices covering songs from Carlile's 2007 LP.
The Story's 14 songs have been reinterpreted by a group of artists that includes Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Indigo Girls, Margo Price and Adele.
Shovels & Rope, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, Anderson East, Secret Sisters, TORRES and Ruby Amanfu round out the list of contributors.
All of the songs were recorded in 2016, except for Adele's rendition of "Hiding My Heart," which appeared as a bonus track on her 2011 album 21, and the Patrick Carney-produced "Shadow on the Wall" by Amanfu, which was released in 2015.
In case that roster of artists doesn't deliver enough star power, the album is prefaced with a foreword from former president Barack Obama. In a statement about the project, he said: "As an artist, Brandi Carlile is using her talent on behalf of the most vulnerable among us, children living in areas of conflict. She reminds us that, together, we can build for our children a more just, peaceful world."
A statement about the project from Carlile herself reads:
This is a David and Goliath story. Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child's beautiful life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how: through the power of music.
See the complete tracklisting for the reinterpretation of The Story below. Beyond that, listen to Parton's rendition of The Story's title track.
Proceeds from the release will go to War Child UK, and it is available for pre-order now.
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story:
1. Shovels & Rope – "Late Morning Lullaby"
2. Dolly Parton – "The Story"
3. Kris Kristofferson – "Turpentine"
4. Old Crow Medicine Show – "My Song"
5. Jim James – "Wasted"
6. The Avett Brothers – "Have You Ever"
7. Anderson East – "Josephine"
8. Secret Sisters – "Losing Heart"
9. Indigo Girls – "Cannonball"
10. TORRES – "Until I Die"
11. Margo Price – "Downpour"
12. Ruby Amanfu – "Shadow On The Wall"
13. Pearl Jam – "Again Today"
14. Adele – "Hiding My Heart"