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On Thursday December 17, 2015, Vanessa Carlton took the stage in front of a packed audience at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN for the final date of the year’s “Liberman” Tour.
At that moment, she’ll candidly admit that countless thoughts swirled around in her head—“I was feeling pretty emotional about how far I’ve come.” Here, the singer and songwriter was back in her new home of Nashville, TN surrounded by family and fans, 15 years into an illustrious career, and supporting her most acclaimed work to date, Liberman. Just two months earlier, the album arrived to unanimous critical praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Boston Globe, Nylon, Paste, Esquire, and many more in addition to Pitchfork who claimed, “A million years ago, Vanessa Carlton released ‘A Thousand Miles,’ the pop song that launched a generation of piano lessons. Now, she's releasing the raw, muted, refreshingly weird Liberman, a record that could share headspaces with Perfume Genius or Angel Olsen."
The night marked a first for the singer and songwriter as she recorded the show for her 2016 Liberman Live [Dine Alone Records] and 2017 Earlier Things Live [Victor Music]. Now, these two albums captures the evening’s magic augmented by surprise performances from her husband Deer Tick frontman John McCauley, The Watson Twins, violinist Skye Steele and album producer Adam Landry. Moments such as “Operator,” which featured all of the guests on stage, and an emotional rendition of “River” speak to her inimitable presence, passion, and power in person.
“The whole message of the album is expressing a lot of philosophies about my life, peace, pain, and happiness over the past ten years,” she says. “I wanted this record to not only be very personal to me, but an expression of these ideas. A performance is not just about the performer at all; it’s about the connection between the audience and the artist. You’re at your most vulnerable on stage, and you’re singing songs that are an expression of yourself. That’s when a performance work. That’s when an album works. Liberman was special because it does that. I hope the show does too.”
A victory lap and celebration, that evening begins and ends with the record. Following the success of 2011’s Rabbits On The Run, she started writing the songs that would eventually comprise Liberman as early as 2012. At the end of 2013, Carlton gathered her songs and decamped to Real World Studio in Box, England to work with producer Steve Osborne, who’d helmed Rabbits On The Run. Her husband McCauley would join on several songs as she finished recording in Nashville with Landry.
With more shows and music on the horizon, the album represents the start of Carlton’s brightest chapter yet.
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Reading the Pied Piper of Poop these days
I'm ready for this room @houseofhackney
I saw this guy I know get a new belt buckle from a friend at a bar and he switched it out right then and there. I thought belt buckles were sewn in!!! #idiot #snaps @johnjmccauley