Carlile Recruits Artists and Activists Across Generations - including Adele, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, Jim James and The Avett Brothers - To Create Interpretations of Songs from Groundbreaking 2007 Album!
This historic collection features newly recorded versions of all 14 songs from Brandi Carlile's breakthrough T Bone Burnett-produced 2007 album The Story, which was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. Adele, The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, Jim James and Margo Price are among the artists and activists lending their voices to celebrate the album's 10th anniversary, and Barack Obama provides a foreword. All proceeds from the album will benefit War Child UK, an organization dedicated to supporting children affected by conflict. Carlile's nonprofit, the Looking Out Foundation, launched the Story Campaign in 2016 to raise awareness and funds for War Child UK.
Cover Stories was recorded mostly over a series of sessions in 2016 (with the exception of Adele's take on "Hiding My Heart" which was originally released as a bonus track to her 2011 album 21, and Ruby Amanfu's "Shadow on the Wall," originally released in 2015), with many special guests contributing to the already star-studded lineup. Chris Stapleton adds guitar to Kris Kristofferson's take on "Turpentine," and Miranda Lambert lends backing vocals to Anderson East's "Josephine." Dave Cobb produced tracks by Kristofferson, Parton, and Price; Patrick Carney of the Black Keys produced Ruby Amanfu; Carlile and longtime bandmates The Twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) produced the Secret Sisters and TORRES.
Reflecting on The Story's 10th anniversary Carlile says, "This album defined our band and welded The Twins and me to one another forever. It's been a transformative experience to revisit it 10 years later and watch it become something bigger than me. To hear the songs through the voices of my heroes is both surreal and humbling."