- Catherine Carlile
- Brandi Carlile @ The Mission Ballroom ; With Lucie Silvas, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29, 8 p.m., 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver, 16+, check ticket prices and availability at missionballroom.com
Last week was a big one for Brandi Carlile, and the same can be said for this entire past year. On Wednesday, the singer-songwriter won Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards. Then, on Saturday, she and her fans celebrated with a sellout performance at Madison Square Garden. September also saw the debut release from Carlile’s new supergroup with Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, playfully named The Highwomen, a nod to all-male outlaw-country pioneers The Highwaymen.
And, yes, there’s more. This year also marked her third nomination for Outstanding Music Artist from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. (Janelle Monáe ended up going home with the award, but it’s really just a matter of time.)
And let’s not forget the 2019 Grammy telecast, where she won three top awards and sang the hell out of “The Joke,” her ode to those who’ve been emotionally, politically and physically dispossessed in the age of Trump: “Let ‘em laugh while they can,” she sang. “Let ‘em spin, let ‘em scatter in the wind / I have been to the movies, I’ve seen how it ends / And the joke’s on them.” It takes artists like Carlile to help us believe that’s true.