Wednesday 18 January 2017

** NEW TO YOU ** USA singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews

** NEW TO YOU ** 
USA singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews

Buzz with Guardian, Independent (This relatively unknown artist is one of the brightest things to have emerged during a challenging year that’s seen the ascent of Trump and the death of Prince, Bowie and Leonard Cohen), Evening Standard, 6 music, Q & Mojo, The Metro (New music: Here are the artists who’ll rule 2017) all supporting 

“Emmylou Harris, Neko Case,P J Harvey - that’s rarified company but it’s where Andrews belongs with her latest” - PASTE
"Gorgeously introspective Laurel Canyon-tinged folk, delightfully free of ironic twee" ROLLING STONE 

“Andrews matches her sparkling voice with honeyed generally somber folk/country that when matched with often melancholy lyrics will give you shivers” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“what a phenomenal songwriter” - RYAN ADAMS

This is a record that deserves some mainstream attention and should catapult Andrews up to a larger audience.”
excellent songs, expertly written, but Andrews’ voice is what makes them unforgettable - elegant and deeply moving” 8.7/10
this album gives her a chance to shine” #10 - FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2016 NPR FOLK ALLEY
“a tremendous song collection” AMERICAN STANDARD TIME
one of the best songwriting performances you can find in the modern era.” 9/10 SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

Her next single “Rookie Dreaming” released Jan 13th 2017!
Rising American singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews will release her new album HONEST LIFE in Europe, out on 20 January 2017 on Loose Music. UK fans will be delighted to learn Courtney is coming to the UK, supporting husband and wife gothic Americana group, The Handsome Family on their much-anticipated UK tour, making her London debut at The Union Chapel. 
Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews
Release Date: 20 Jan 2017
Album: Honest Life (Loose Music/ Mama Bird Recording Co.)
10 Tracks/ Time: 36:39 Folk/ Country
Amazon UK - UK iTunes - (US release Aug 19th 2016)

Her debut UK single 'Put The Fire Out' released with a very warm reception across various UK music blogs... mirrors the significant impact she has made states side with support from tastemakers including Rolling Stone, Paste, Americana Songwriter and fans including Ryan Adams.
“‘Put The Fire Out’ is a song about letting go, and letting yourself take a break. When writing these songs, I had been on the road for a couple of years without much downtime. I felt my place really was at home and I had a deep longing to be near people that knew me.”

Perhaps currently best known for being Damien Jurado’s lead guitarist, Courtney Marie Andrews has been on the road since she was 16 years old, when she left home in Arizona for her first tour. She travelled up and down the West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that would have her. Soon after she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists – from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado - but she never stopped writing her own material.

With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to Seattle in 2011 and recorded her last full-length record On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists’ songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. At the tour’s end the other session players joined her to record her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take. It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life. 

She found herself realising the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling between her own and others’ art and identity. Courtney takes it from there:
“While in Belgium for four months I was going through a major heartbreak. I started growing homesick for America and the comfort of family and friends. That's where I wrote the first songs for Honest Life. It was a giant hurdle in my life, my first true growing pains as a woman. That's why I feel this record is a coming of age album. A common thread that runs through the songs is a great desire to fit somewhere, when nowhere fits - and wanting to get back home to the people I know and love. Once I got back to the USA I started to work at a small town bar. At the bar I felt I could truly empathize with the stories and lives of the people there. I wrote the other half of the songs about coming home and feeling a sense of belonging again. A lot of the stories at that bar definitely ran parallel with my own, even though our lives were so different. I was the "musician girl”. They were farmers, construction workers, plumbers, waitresses, and cashiers. But, no matter how different, I felt we were all trying to live our most honest life.”

True to her own vision, Andrews produced the resulting album herself and recorded it at Litho Studios in Seattle with recording engineer Floyd Reitsma, whose recent credits include Noah Gundersen and Pearl Jam. Honest Life will be released 20 January 2017 on 180g turquoise vinyl, CD & download, via Loose.

 Courtney Marie Andrews European Tour Flyer

Courtney Marie Andrews will tour the UK in Feb and March 2017r, with headline dates as well as supporting The Handsome Family on their UK tour. Dates below:

Courtney Marie Andrews (Country/Folk/ Miscellaneous)
supporting the Handsome Family **
Tues 21 February 2017 - Norwich, Arts Centre (51 St. Benedicts Street NR2 4PG) ** £17 Standing Event
Weds 22 February 2017 - Manchester, RNCM (124 Oxford Road M13 9RD) ** £15 Event
Thurs 23 February 2017 - Glasgow, St Luke’s (17 Bain Street G40 2JZ) ** £18 Event
Fri 24 February 2017 - Edinburgh, The Caves (8-12 Niddry Street South EH1 1QR) ** £16.50 Event
Sat 25 February 2017 - Gateshead, Sage 2 (St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR) ** £16.13 Event
Sun 26 February 2017 - Durham: Old Cinema Lauderette (38 Marshall Terrace, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate Moor, Durham)
DH1 2HX 3:00pm (CMA Headline Show) £8.80 Event It's a special matinee show with doors at 3pm and an anticipated finish time of 530pm.
Mon 27 February 2017 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (33 Queens Road LS6 1NY) ** £16.50 Event
Tues 28 February 2017 - Bristol, St George’s (Great George Street BS1 5RR)
Mon 1 March 2017 -  Coventry, The Tin (The Tin Music and Arts, Units 1 - 4, The Canal Basin, CV1 4LY) CMA Headline show £6 Event
Thurs 2 March 2017 – London, Union Chapel (Compton Terrace, Islington N1 2UN) ** £20 Event
Fri 3 March 2017 – Brighton, Concorde 2 (Madeira Drive BN2 1PS) ** £16.87 Event
Sat 4 March 2017 - Guildford: The Keep (29 Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3UW) CCMA Headline £8.80 Event
Sun 6 March 2017 - London, The Social (5 Little Portland St, W1W 7JD) CMA Headline show £8 Event

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