‘SNL’: Watch Brandi Carlile’s Gale-Force Debut


For her very first performance on Saturday Night Live, country singer Brandi Carlile jumped straight into her provocative heart jam, “Broken Horses,” wearing a shiny Elvis-inspired gold lamé costume. But despite all the glam, the energy of the music was pure bar rock and roll. Carlile wielded her browned guitar as if she was leading a colt, her streaky brown hair falling loosely around her face.

Carlile returned to the stage to perform her bloated country-rock drama, “Right on Time”, the first single from her stunning new album, In these days of silence. This time Carlile wore a sparkling black and white suit, appearing alone on a dark stage, playing the opening verse on the piano. The crowd gasped as they turned to the camera and sang the end of the verse chilling a cappella. Then Carlile picked up his guitar and joined the rest of his band in the limelight, bringing the song about two beleaguered lovers to its soul-melting crescendo.

In these days of silence is Carlile’s seventh album and the highly anticipated sequel to her 2018 album, By the way, I forgive you, which was produced by David Cobb and Shooter Jennings, and won a multitude of Grammy nominations, including Song of The Year, for his single “The Joke”. Carlile then co-founded the country music supergroup, the Highwomen, along with Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby. His first thesis, Broken horses, was published last spring.

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