CHART TOPPING CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS DROPS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘PUT THE FIRE OUT’
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ALBUM ‘HONEST LIFE’ CONNECTS WITH MUSIC CRITICS & SELL OUT UK SHOWS IN GUILDFORD & LONDON AT THE SOCIAL ON 6 MARCH
COURTNEY BACK IN UK IN SEPTEMBER FOR END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL & UK TOUR
“An absolutely perfect little gem of an album… every song here sparkles… … a truly substantial talent” – ★★★★★
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
“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.”
- THE SUNDAY TIMES
“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
Thursday 2 March, London – Rising Indie-Country-Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews today announced the release of her new video for single ‘Put The Fire Out,’ a road worn track which has significantly connected with UK fans and media. With critical support from esteemed music writers such as Laura Barton who stated; “In three and a half minutes, it articulated what I had spent 18 months trying to say”, in a personal piece she wrote for The Guardian and Spotify, who included it in their prestigious ‘New Music Friday’ playlist – the ‘Put The Fire Out’ video is soon to set the internet ablaze.
Discussing the video, which sees Courtney driving an RV through America, Courtney stated, “This old RV is the biggest piece of work that’s ever come into my possession, but also the most fun when we can get it to run. Put the Fire Out is a tune about getting back to ones you know and love after spending so much of your time on the road. By the end of the video I get there, but it takes a long drive.”
Courtney is fast becoming one of the most talked about artists in recent years in the UK after critically acclaimed album ‘Honest Life’ recently released on Loose, topped the UK Americana chart and was the number one selling album the week of the Americana Music Association UK’s annual Conference & Awards. She also has sold out her headline dates around UK including The Social in London on March 6th and quickly attracted the attention of media outlets including: The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Independent, Q, Mojo, Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Gold Flake Paint and The Four Oh Five, alongside BBC 6 Music lending early support – ensuring Courtney is set to become one of the success stories of 2017 here in the UK.
Courtney will return to the UK for a performance at End Of The Road Festival and a solo show at Bush Hall Shepherds Bush on 4 September. For more information please visit: https://www.courtneymarieandrews.com
Notes to editors:
Courtney’s album ‘Honest Life’, released late last year in the US and given it’s European release last week, has already caught the attention of Rolling Stone, NPR, Paste and Stereogum in the US, making it’s way onto many Best Of The Year lists. Despite playing catch up, Courtney has already captured the attention of UK’s media and music scene. She has landed feature after feature and a plethora of reviews in publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard, Q, Mojo, Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Gold Flake Paint, alongside BBC 6 Music lending early support – ensuring Courtney is set to become one of the success stories of 2017 here in the UK.
Respected music writers such as Laura Barton, who included Courtney in her Guardian feature celebrating female troubadours today and Neil McCormick have championed Courtney in the UK press. Neil in his lead review for the Daily Telegraph stated Honest Life is an, “Absolutely perfect little gem of an album… every song here sparkles… the poetic economy of her lyrics is right up there with such masters of the country vignette as Guy Clark and John Prine… a truly substantial talent”. Line of Best Fit’s Jof Owen is equally as impressed stating, “It might only be January but it feels like Honest Life has already secured a spot in a lot of end of the year lists.”
Courtney’s music has already drawn diverse comparisons to artists from Emmylou Harris to PJ Harvey. Spanning genres through indie, Folk, Country and Alt-Rock, introspective and personal, her music and voice are both unique and classic. Channeling Nashville and Laurel Canyon, free of pastiche – Courtney is a musical gem – leading the charge of a new wave of female troubadours. Courtney 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. 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 will tour the UK in Feb and March, with headline dates as well as supporting The Handsome Family on their UK tour.
For more information please visit: http://www.courtneymarieandrews.com/tour
2 Mar LONDON, Union Chapel – SOLD OUT
(with The Handsome Family)
3 Mar BRIGHTON, Concorde 2
(with The Handsome Family)
4 Mar GUILDFORD, The Keep – SOLD OUT
6 Mar LONDON, The Social – SOLD OUT
23 Aug LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
24 Aug MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
29 Aug DUBLIN, Whelan’s
31 Aug GLASGOW, Hug & Pint
02 Sep END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL
03 Sep BRISTOL, Lantern
04 Sep LONDON, Bush Hall
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