This year’s fastest rising star, singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, has released a video for “Irene” off of her breakout record Honest Life, premiering today via NPR. The song is an anthem for the timid, a beautiful hymn to bolster confidence and believe in your potential. Andrews sums it up perfectly saying, “Irene is the little voice inside most of us, that says we aren’t good enough, or strong enough. It’s about shutting that voice off, while also accepting life’s inevitable struggles. It’s about coming to terms with who you are, and believing in that person. Irene was written for a friend who was going through a confusing time, but like some songs do, over time it turned into a song about not only myself, but all of the women that I love. Irene is amazing, she just doesn’t know it yet.”


Following on from the success in Europe, Mama Bird Recording Co. & Fat Possum Records have announced a US indie store exclusive re-release of Honest Life, which will include a bonus 7″ of unreleased recordings.  The limited edition 7” single, which includes newly recorded tracks Sea Town and Near You, will be made available in Europe via Loose on the 15th September.


Meanwhile Courtney is returning to the UK in August/September this year for a highly anticipated UK and European tour, including two dates at Bush Hall on 4th and 5th September (Shepherd’s Bush, London). A second London date was added after public demand, no doubt a result of the response to the release of her breakthrough album, ‘Honest Life’ which generated a tidal wave of media support and a much talked about appearance on Later With Jools Holland. Courtney will also play End Of The Road Festival on 2nd September. Loose recently announced that they will re-issue ‘On My Page’, Courtney Marie Andrews’ 2013 release, predecessor to Honest Life. The album will be re-released on the 25th August 2017 digitally, on CD and for the first time, on vinyl.


Dates below:

23 Aug – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

24 Aug – Manchester, Deaf Institute

26 Aug – Mayo, Harvest Festival

27 Aug – Enniskillen, Harvest Festival

29 Aug – Dublin, Whelans

30 Aug – Bangor, Open House Festival

31 Aug – Glasgow, St Lukes

01 Sep – Moseley Folk Festival

02 Sep – End Of The Road Festival

03 Sep – Bristol, Lantern

04 Sep – London, Bush Hall – SOLD OUT

05 Sep – London, Bush Hall



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“An absolutely perfect little gem of an album… every song here sparkles… … a truly substantial talent” ★★★★★

“Andrews melds dovetailing, Joni Mitchell-like melodies with pin-sharp lyrics that recall the pre-didactic Laura Marling, over a country sound bed of keening pedal steel and cascading piano. It makes for a stunning combination.”

“In three and a half minutes, it articulated what I had spent 18 months trying to say“ LAURA BARTON/ THE GUARDIAN

“With her “coming of age album” the 26-year-old from Arizona stops being a well kept secret and makes a real breakthrough“ THE EVENING STANDARD



★★★★ UNCUT ★★★★ MOJO ★★★★ Q


“[Honest Life] is an expert marriage of gracefully confessional songwriting with country-folk arrangements that recall Joni Mitchell.” – Stephen Deusner, Stereogum

“Her songs are anchored by smart lyricism that seems more like an intimate conversation than a fiery confessional.” – Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone

“Courtney Marie Andrews is the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.” – Brittney McKenna, American Songwriter

“Joni Mitchell is the logical comparison to the soft howl and deep-Canyon vibrato of her vocals, but there are echoes of the Indigo Girls and even Ryan Adams’ Gold too since her songs are anchored by smart lyricism that seems more like an intimate conversation than a fiery confessional.” – Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone Country

“Plenty of vocalists can sing with power, and some can sing with convincing subtlety. There aren’t very many who can do both in the same breath. Courtney Marie Andrews is one of those rare artists.” – Eric Danton, Paste

Courtney Marie Andrews’ Honest Life grabbed year-end lists from Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, American Songwriter to NPR which lead to her performing on the first episode of the new season of Later…With Jools Holland (alongside Thundercat, Anderson Paak, Spoon), and has received glowing press including a major BBC profile, five star review in The Telegraph,  multiple features in The Guardian and a profile in The Independent. Her duet with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy for Our First 100 Days was lauded by Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Vegan and Paste. Andrews has just returned from a successful tour with Joe Pug in Australia and will be on a headlining tour in Europe in the fall, an official showcase at the Americana Music Fest in Nashville and a North American tour with Hamilton Leithauser beginning in October.


There’s a new generation of women burning down the Nashville music industry. Powerful voices like Margo Price and Nikki Lane have been rewriting the script, owning their own songs and vision. Now, add to this list Washington State Americana songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews. After a decade spent at the height of the music industry, touring solo and with large pop bands, she realized her desire for a place to come home to. She found that in a small rural town in the deep forests of Washington State. There, she posted up at a local bar, slinging drinks, basking in the simplicity and reflection it allowed. She has emerged in 2016 with a new fire on Honest Life, melding indie-folk and Americana with a rebellious country flavor reminiscent of her Southwestern roots.


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