Brandi Carlile & Soundgarden

Snippets Of Brandi Carlile & Soundgarden Covering “Black Hole Sun”, Etc. Available


This past weekend saw Brandi Carlile release her collaborative effort with Soundgarden, “A Rooster Says“. That 12” arrived a part of this year’s ‘Record Store Day‘ events and finds her and her backing band teamed with Soundgarden‘s guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron.

Together they covered Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed“. If you weren’t able to get the vinyl release, brief previews of both covers have been shared below. Thayil previously told Spin of working with Carlile:

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“It was amazing. She nailed both songs, but “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” there’s this thing her voice does in the verse… I don’t know how to describe it, but it just evokes tears. It’s really moving and beautiful. It’s strong and vulnerable. It’s fragility and power. It’s a small move but it kind of made the song hers.

I guess I can describe things this way: There are certain performances that I’ve seen or heard that have sent shivers up my spine. Chris [Cornell] certainly did that for me. The first time I saw Eddie Vedder sing with Mookie Blaylock. Jeff Beck doing the Beatles’ ‘A Day In the Life‘ instrumentally.

It’s so moving that your eyes well up and you get that shiver. Brandi’s performance of ‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed‘ did that for me, too. That’s the power of music.”

Carlile previously performed “Black Hole Sun” live with Soundgarden during their January 2019 tribute concert to the band’s late frontman Chris Cornell.


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