Pearl Jam, Adele, Dolly Parton, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Kris Kristofferson and more have all put their stamp on songs from Brandi Carlile’s The Story for an upcoming all-star tribute album benefiting the War Child UK charity.
Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child also features tracks from the country singer’s 2007 LP as interpreted by Margo Price, the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Indigo Girls and more. Chris Stapleton, who provides guitar on Kristofferson’s “Turpentine,” and Miranda Lambert, who delivers backing vocals on Anderson East’s “Josephine,” also appear on the album. Ahead of Cover Stories’ May 5th release, Rolling Stone is premiering Parton’s tender, powerful rendition of Carlile’s The Story title track:
All of the Cover Stories tracks were recorded in 2016 with the exception of Adele’s take on “Hiding My Heart,” originally released as a 21 bonus track in 2011, and Ruby Amanfu’s Patrick Carney-produced “Shadow on the Wall,” which came out in 2015. As Carlile noted on Facebook, Adele’s cover served as the project’s “original inspiration.” All proceeds from the album – available for pre-order on CD, vinyl or digitally at Carlile’s site – will go toward War Child UK, which aims to help children affected in war-torn regions.
“This is a David and Goliath story,” Carlile said in a statement. “Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child’s beautiful life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how: through the power of music.” Barack Obama, who provides a foreword for Cover Stories, said of the country singer and activist in a statement, “As an artist, Brandi Carlile is using her talent on behalf of the most vulnerable among us, children living in areas of conflict. She reminds us that, together, we can build for our children a more just, peaceful world.”
In addition to Cover Stories, Carlile and her band the Twins will kick off a nine-date trek in April where they’ll play The Story in its entirety. “This album defined our band and welded the Twins and me to one another forever. It’s been a transformative experience to revisit it 10 years later and watch it become something bigger than me. To hear the songs through the voices of my heroes is both surreal and humbling,” Carlile said.
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child Track List
1. Shovels & Rope – “Late Morning Lullaby”
2. Dolly Parton – “The Story”
3. Kris Kristofferson – “Turpentine”
4. Old Crow Medicine Show – “My Song”
5. Jim James – “Wasted”
6. The Avett Brothers – “Have You Ever”
7. Anderson East – “Josephine”
8. Secret Sisters – “Losing Heart”
9. Indigo Girls – “Cannonball”
10. TORRES – “Until I Die”
11. Margo Price – “Downpour”
12. Ruby Amanfu – “Shadow On The Wall”
13. Pearl Jam – “Again Today”
14. Adele – “Hiding My Heart”