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At Last, a Saturday Night Live Performance for Brandi Carlile

The local singer-songwriter will be the musical guest October 23, with Jason Sudeikis as host. Apparently Carlile is a Ted Lasso fan.

By Lucas Kaplan September 23, 2021

Brandi Carlile joins a surprisingly small group of Seattle-based musical guests.

When Saturday Night Live released host and performer details for its new season, the lineup included a Seattle-bred musician having a definite moment in the sun.

Brandi Carlile will appear on the fourth episode of the upcoming season of SNL; the show airs October 23 with Jason Sudeikis as host. The “Heart’s Content” singer will join the Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell, and the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis duo in a surprisingly small cohort of Seattle-based acts to appear on the perennial late-night show in the last decade.

This week, the singer-songwriter took to Twitter to announce the upcoming performance. Apparently she’s a fan of Sudeikis’s Apple Plus show, which just won an Emmy for outstanding comedy series. Carlile tweeted: “Can’t wait to hug Ted Lasso’s neck.”

The performer is set to release her new album, In These Silent Days, October 1, a follow-up to the critically and commercially successful By the Way, I Forgive You, a record that delivered her three Grammy Awards. Her recent autobiography, Broken Horses: A Memoir, earned the top non-fiction spot on the New York Times Best Seller list this April.

Carlile’s local connections of course run deeper than merely being born in Ravensdale, or attending high school in Maple Valley. She consistently electrified venues, from The Triple Door to Paragon throughout the mid-aughts, but a subsequent rise in stature hardly distanced her from the city. Look no further than her renowned 2011 album, the aptly titled Live at the Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. All of which is to say that when Brandi Carlile takes the stage at 30 Rockefeller Center, our city will be well-represented.


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