Local favorite Brandi Carlile booked for a return trip to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

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Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Twin Cities favorite Brandi Carlile will return to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 29.

Tickets are priced from $199 to $79 and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 22 through Etix or by calling 800-514-3849. Given her local popularity, this should be one hot ticket.

A native of rural Washington state, Carlile claims some of her strongest supporters in the Twin Cities, thanks in part to airplay from Cities 97 early in her career. Over the past 18 years, Carlile has performed locally more than two dozen times in venues ranging from the Fine Line and Varsity Theater to the Basilica Block Party and Target Center. In February 2020, she was the first act to headline the new Fillmore Minneapolis and sold out three consecutive shows.

Last July, Carlile sold out St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. In a rave review for the Pioneer Press, Rob Hubbard wrote: “While Saturday’s setting may have inspired the rockiest show she’ll perform this year, a final string-laden encore of ‘Stay Gentle’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’ reminded those in attendance that she’s still a folkie at heart, a relentlessly positive presence who lifted spirits with an impassioned performance.”

Carlile released her most recent album, “In These Silent Days,” in 2021. She wrote and recorded it during the pandemic with producers Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the same team behind her previous record, “By the Way, I Forgive You.” It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums, Top Rock Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts. In September, she reissued the record with a bonus disc featuring an acoustic take on the 10 songs along with a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

Carlile has earned 25 Grammy nominations and nine wins. In 2019, she co-founded the country music supergroup the Highwomen with Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby. The band’s self-titled debut was a commercial and critical hit.

She also co-wrote Tanya Tucker’s 2019 album “While I’m Livin’” with her longtime bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth and co-produced it with Jennings. It won a best country album Grammy along with a best country song nod for “Bring My Flowers Now.”

Here’s video of Carlile performing “Broken Horses” at the 65th GRAMMY Awards:

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