Hot on the heels of releasing her new album Arizona singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews is heading to Leeds.
Courtney is gathering huge acclaim and will be aiming to show why with a gig at the Brudenell Social Club on Wednesday, April 18.
‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is out now and has been hailed as one of the records of the year.
Channelling the classic songwriting style and pop-prowess of the likes of Emmylou Harris, Carole King and Laura Marling, Courtney caught the public eye on Jools Holland with a spellbinding performance last year that catapulted her to stardom.
Produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits), the new album was recorded over eight days at a rented house-turned-studio in LA. In addition to Andrews on vocals and electric/acoustic guitar, the record features Dillon Warnek (electric guitar), Daniel Walter (organ, Wurlitzer, accordion), Charles Wicklander (piano, Wurlitzer), William Mapp (drums, percussion), Alex Sabel (bass) and CC White (background vocals).
Of the album and the inspiration behind its ten songs, Andrews comments, “The people that I’ve met on the road these past few years got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family.
“It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues. People are constantly chasing that bigger life. A lot of people are poor in America and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or sad, or depressed or unfulfilled.
“A lot of people — myself included at some point in my life — are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.”
UK fans fell for Courtney’s breakthrough album ‘Honest Life’ last year, when as the BBC put it, she became an “overnight success” after 10 years trying to break into the business.
Mesmerised by her unique and timeless sound, which blends indie folk rock and country, media were also charmed by her persistence and drive Courtney has been on the road since she was 16 years old, when she left home in Arizona for her first tour. For the next decade she was 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.
The resulting album ‘Honest Life’ received its European release in January 2017, becoming one of the biggest breakthrough records of 2017 in the UK, with 4-5 star reviews from publications including Daily Telegraph, Uncut, Mojo and Q Magazine, as well as reaching number one on the Official UK Americana chart and the Independent Album Breakers chart.