Brandi Carlile returned to Studio 8H at New York’s Rockefeller Center last night (Dec. 10) for her second Saturday Night Live appearance in 15 months, performing her 2007 song “The Story” and “You and Me on the Rock” from the 2021 album In These Silent Days, the latter featuring Lucius vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. In These Silent Days is up for seven Grammys early next year, including album of the year.
Last night’s episode was hosted by Steve Martin and Martin Short, with the former having performed “You and Me on the Rock” with Carlile earlier this month at an American Museum of Natural History gala in New York.
The SNL appearance caps an eventful 2022 for Carlile, who facilitated Joni Mitchell’s return to live performance for the first time in nine years at the Newport Folk Festival in July, and released a separate, “Laurel Canyon-inspired” version In These Silent Days. The artist was the subject of our September 2021 cover story, which you can read here.
Last week, SZA was the musical guest on SNL and unveiled information about her album SOS, which was released on Friday. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were scheduled to perform on next week’s season finale, but the band pulled out after revealing that guitarist Nick Zinner has been battling pneumonia for the past month. The rock trio will be replaced by Lizzo, who previously pulled double duty as the host and musical guest in April.