Indy: Your first album was pretty spare and mostly acoustic. Your second, The Story, rocks a bit more. What got you wanting to beef up the sound?
BC: There are songs [on Brandi Carlile] that are acoustic only because we didn't have the money to have a drummer or we weren't able to set up in a room where we could play live, or we didn't have a studio, we had a practice place. Those kinds of things kept us from making the last record like this record, which is what we wanted to do all along.
Indy: That's right, Columbia didn't sign you until the first album was finished. I know a few songs on The Story had been around for a while is that why they weren't on that first record?
BC: We didn't have the means to record them the way we wanted to ... so we decided to pool money together as we could over the course of a year, very little at a time, and record what we thought were our B-sides, our not-great songs, our good songs, but not like the ones on this record.
Indy: You had the highly respected T-Bone Burnett produce The Story. He likes recording live in the studio. What did you think of his approach and the results?
BC: It's just a slamming performance, you know what I mean? I really am of the school of thought that, at least in my band, when we record a record, we should try and strive to sound like the live show, rather than playing a live show that sounds like a record.
At Englewood's Gothic Theatre, Oct. 20.