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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Brandi Carlile

Kristi Kates - August 23rd, 2010
Brandi Carlile’s Story
By Kristi Kates
Brandi Carlile may be a relatively new face on the folk-rock circuit,
but she’s paid her dues with years of performing in obscurity.
Carlile started singing at the age of eight, picked up the guitar at
the age of 15, and snagged a gig as a backup singer for an Elvis
impersonator by the time she hit 16. She followed up that experience
with years performing around the Seattle club scene alongside twin
brother musicians Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
Almost 14 years later, Carlile has finally hit her stride as a
folk-rock performer, having been signed to Columbia Records since
2004. Her debut album, Brandi Carlile, was followed up by her
sophomore album, The Story, which spawned the hit single of the same
name and led to her touring as a support artist for the likes of
Hanson, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin.
But it was her recent experience working with Elton John on her latest
album, Give Up the Ghost, that was a real pinnacle for the performer.

ELTON JOHN
On ...Ghost, which was produced by Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dixie
Chicks/producer Rick Rubin, Carlile collaborated with Elton John on
her song “Caroline.” It was a situation in which Carlile found herself
momentarily stunned by her good fortune, but her gift of gab kept on
rolling; when asked if there was anything she wished she’d said to
John during those studio sessions that she didn’t get a chance to, her
answer is quick and humorously incredulous.
“On the contrary,” she laughs, “I think I wish I hadn’t said some things!”
Elton John, Carlile, elaborates, was impressive to work with, and she
found him as funny as he is an inimitable professional.
“The experience of working with Elton was everything anyone would
hope,” she says. “It felt really important, but was also hilarious and
light. I have to say above all, I was really touched by his grace and
wisdom.”

THE GHOST
Now on the road with the aforementioned Hanseroth twins, who make up
the base of her touring band, Carlile’s upcoming show at Interlochen
is sure to feature the fan favorite single “The Story” as well as
plenty of new songs from Give Up the Ghost, and perhaps a few
“trial-run” songs, as well.
Carlile herself, meanwhile, simply tries to stay grounded as much as
possible on the tour bus, relying on a bit of horseplay and “regular
folk” activities to stay sane as she careens around the country
promoting her music. And as for her road luggage - well, unlike many
rock performers who might require cases of hairspray, a special
wardrobe, or a long list of dietary requests, all Carlile really needs
is friends... and a fishing pole.
“To stay focused on the road, I like to wrestle around with the twins,
drink tons of coffee, and fish,” she says simply.

Brandi Carlile will be performing at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium
on August 24 at 8 p.m., with special guests The Watson Twins. Tickets
can be purchased online at https://tickets.interlochen.org; for more
about the show, visit www.interlochen.org and Carlile’s own website at
www.brandicarlile.com.

 
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