I used to worry a lot about how happiness would affect me, as a songwriter who is influenced by angst, grief, change and sometimes anger.
Tim [Carlile’s collaborator] once told me that you can write even better sad songs when you’re fundamentally happy; this has been completely true for me.
The word “country” has begun to define such a small niche of roots-based Americana artists that if I’m honest, I’m not even positive what it means anymore.
Nashville as a city and as the birthplace of “country music” is changing very quickly, along with the rest of the country. Willie Nelson offered to get me high at my bachelorette party.
You’re going to be performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 9.
How does it feel to be headlining the legendary venue, and do you have any special treats for fans coming to that show?
Most often, they know they can only count on music outside of the mainstream for those universal truths. Family life has made me a happier person on a deep fundamental level.
I hope they don’t misspell my name on the giant sign!We talked with Carlile (who came out as a lesbian in 2002) about her new album, along with a whole range of other topics, including her commitment to environmental and humanitarian causes, her new daughter and how country music really feels about LGBT artists.GO: You founded an environmental and humanitarian organization called the Looking Out Foundation. BC: The Looking Out Foundation is mostly a humanitarian and social justice outreach foundation, at the moment, but many people don’t know that it started out as an environmental effort in 2006.In regards to popular music, people still want a direct line to what’s true and real about humanity and the world.They can’t count on the media; they can’t count on pop radio, or any other forms of mass consumerism. Did married life and a child on the way influence how you made this album?