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#1 – AMERICANA ALBUMS CHART
#1 – INDEPENDENT ALBUM BREAKERS CHART
#14 – RECORD STORE TOP 40
#16 – INDEPENDENT ALBUM CHART


BBC 6 MUSIC RECOMMENDS TRACK OF THE WEEK – Rookie Dreaming

“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”
★★★★★
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“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.”
10 NEW COUNTRY ARTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW / #36 – BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
ROLLING STONE

“an expert marriage of gracefully confessional songwriting with country-folk arrangements that recall Joni Mitchell”
#6 – 20 BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
STEREOGUM

“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

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2017
ROUGH TRADE SHOPS

“She writes with such empathy and insight that she gives Lucinda a run for her money.”
#4 – TOP 50 SONGS 2016 – How Quickly Your Heart Mends
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“is a singular voice, one that can only be understood by being heard”
#1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2016
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

“this still relatively unknown artist is one of the brightest things to have emerged during a challenging year – stunning”
THE INDEPENDENT

“Courtney Marie Andrews is the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.”
#38 – TOP 50 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“one of the strongest songwriters we’ve heard in a long time”
GOLD FLAKE PAINT

“while she keeps company with some wonderful contemporary artists Andrews channels classic icons beautifully”
Heavy Rotation: Public radio hosts share the songs they couldn’t stop playing this year – Rookie Dreaming
THE BEST MUSIC OF 2016
NPR

“In three and a half minutes, it articulated what I had spent 18 months trying to say” (Put The Fire Out)
WRITERS’ FAVOURITE MUSIC MOMENTS OF 2016, LAURA BARTON
THE GUARDIAN

“rich, understated and resonant, [Honest Life] reveals Andrews as a gifted songsmith who can easily conjure longing and regret – classic country territory – but leavens that ache with humour, a little wisdom and a sure feel for melody.”
★★★★
MOJO

“She has already released one of the year’s best albums, and we’ll get to hear a lot of Courtney Marie Andrews in the future.”
★★★★★
GÖTEBORGS POSTEN

“a magnificent album”
FOLK RADIO

“It’s a gem. The album’s exceptional quality lies in the unnerving insight and realism of Andrews’ lyrics.”
★★★★
THE ARTS DESK

“Honest Life, is without any doubt one of the greatest albums you will hear in 2017. An understated, open-hearted outpouring of real, raw and compelling songwriting, Courtney is honestly the name that everyone will be shouting about by the turn of 2018.”
MUSIC-NEWS

“excellent songs, expertly written, but Andrews’ voice is what makes them unforgettable – elegant and deeply moving” 8.7/10
THE 50 BEST ALBUMS OF 2016
PASTE MAGAZINE

“Comparisons to greats such as Judee Sill and Joni Mitchell may seem like hype, but are understandable”
★★★★
DAILY MIRROR

“a powerhouse singer, guitarist and songwriter… brilliant and devastating… the 26-year-old Arizona native is not only a herculean songwriter and vocalist but also a skilled bandleader and producer”
FLOOD MAGAZINE

“A beautiful album.”
★★★★½
THE SUN

“a gorgeous voice between Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris”
★★★★
SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS

“powerful songwriting, which draws from a time-honoured tradition of telling the stories that many others shy away from”
THE 405

“Gripping folk-country confessionals”
★★★★
UNCUT

★★★★
BIG ISSUE NORTH

“Ryan Adams calls her “a phenomenal songwriter” and he’s not wrong.”
★★★★
THE YORK PRESS

★★★★
FOCUS VIF

★★★★
ROLLING STONE GERMANY

“This is the 26-year old’s 12th straight night of performing live but her pristine, resonant vocals (she sounds like a blend of Emmylou Harris, Carole King and Linda Thompson) never flag; rather they soar in this tiny pub… Ryan Adams has already raved that Andrews is a “phenomenal songwriter” and on tonight’s evidence she’s a compelling and droll live performer, too. Don’t miss out.”
★★★★
THE INDEPENDENT
(LIVE REVIEW)

“This is a record that deserves some mainstream attention and should catapult Andrews up to a larger audience.”
★★★★
#37 – 50 BEST ALBUMS 2016
ABC NEWS

“this album gives her a chance to shine”
#10 – FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2016
NPR FOLK ALLEY

“a tremendous song collection”
AMERICAN STANDARD TIME

“she sings with a purity and joy that instantly recalls The Innocence Mission’s Karen Peris or Joni Mitchell”
NO DEPRESSION

2016 TOP TEN ALBUMS
GREG VANDY, KEXP

“Andrews is a tremendously gifted songwriter”
#8 – 20 BEST FOLK ALBUMS OF 2016
VINYL ME, PLEASE

“Enthralling, meditative Americana delivered in gilded hues”
CLASH MAGAZINE

“an absolute beauty of an album”
ONE CHORD

“one of the best songwriting performances you can find in the modern era.” 9/10
SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

“Put The Fire Out – another potentially star-making track. It should be a hit …the kind of song that country radio should be championing”
ABC NEWS

“This looks like the point where she stops being a well kept secret and makes a real breakthrough.”
★★★★
LONDON EVENING STANDARD

“With a folk grounding and alternative edge, the collection is reminiscent of some of the greatest recording artists known. With a little bit of Bob Dylan, a hint of Joni Mitchell, a touch of Emmylou Harris and a drop of Dolly Parton, Courtney Marie Andrews is a singer who delivers truths from the heart and takes her listeners on a journey that they will never wish to forget.”
★★★★★
MUSIC-NEWS

★★★★
THE TIMES

“Well written with beautiful vocals and insightful lyrics, Andrews has produced an outstanding piece of work which is hard to pick fault with. Miss this album at your own peril.”
★★★★
GIGSOUP

“Just like [Nanci] Griffiths, when she begins to sing, all of that delicacy is replaced by burning passion and guts. Her craft as a songwriter is well developed and mature for her 26 years… This is real deal country folk music delivered with such heart that you can’t help but feel moved.”
ROCKSHOT
  (LIVE REVIEW)

“With beautiful ballads, warm personality and engaging song descriptions Andrews captured the hearts of the audience… This is country music, but not as we knew it.”
★★★★★
SURREY ADVERSTISER
(LIVE REVIEW)

“It takes a skilful writer not to retread familiar imagery and an accomplished singer to make it sound fresh and relevant. These qualities are rare but not unique, hence comparisons will inevitably be drawn with Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Joan Baez with whom she shares a high, clear voice and an ability to sound exposed yet strong.”
★★★★
R2 MAGAZINE

“absolutely gorgeous – the country-tinged folk songs have all the requisite melodies that you’re ever going to need”
THE CRACK

“the lyricism is enchanting from the outset. And in all truthfulness, enchanting is a pretty good word to describe the whole album. Intimate. Heart-wrenching. Harmonious yet haunting.”
BELLES AND GALS

“Courtney Marie Andrews is the best songwriter you’ve never heard of”
THE FAT ANGEL SINGS

#13 – BEST MUSIC OF 2016
THE SPECTRUM

“if you like Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch or Caitlin Rose, (yes, we are talking that league)…”
THE ROCK CLUB

“renews the genre with a gripping voice”
★★★★
TÉLÉRAMA

★★★★
THANK FOLK FOR THAT

ALBUM OF THE MONTH
ROOTS HIGHWAY

“This is terrific stuff.”
★★★★½
THE DIGITAL FIX

“an incredible maturity for such a young singer with effortless power and subtlety in her expressive vocals”
★★★★½
WRITTEN IN MUSIC

“excellent”
★★★★½
PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH

“take note of her extraordinary talents”
#7 – THE 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2016
SPEAKERS IN CODE

Five To Look Out For In 2017
SOUTH WALES ARGUS

“a classic made to drop her as a future country legend”
FILE UNDER NEW MUSIC

“an emotive and passionate record”
A MUSICAL PRIORITY

“an emotive and passionate record.”
★★★★
ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

“It’s a remarkable album that’s well worth seeking out. Five stars, easy.”
THE OLD GREY CAT

“My favourite album of the last 12 months, without question.”
RALPH MCLEAN / BBC RADIO ULSTER

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At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. She traveled 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. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.

 

With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to the Northwest in 2011 to record 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, though, 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 and other’s art and identity. Courtney will take 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, and life in the states.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 in a sense, 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 states, I started to bartend at a small town tavern. I was home for awhile, and needed to post up while rehearsing with the band for the record. At the tavern, I felt I could truly empathise 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 tavern 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.

 

Courtney produced the entire record herself at Litho Studios in Seattle with recording engineer Floyd Reitsma. Honest Life will be available on 180g turquoise LP, CD and digitally on 20th January 2017.

NEW ALBUM ‘HONEST LIFE’ – OUT 20 JANUARY 2017

9 JANUARY 2016 – CLASH PREMIERES NEW SONG ‘ROOKIE DREAMING’
SEPTEMBER 2016 – NEW ALBUM ‘HONEST LIFE’

MANAGEMENT
Tom Wironen | Post Hoc Management


LABEL
EUR: Tom Bridgewater | Loose
USA/Rest Of World: Vincent Bancheri | Mama Bird Recording Co.


PRESS
UK print: Tom Bridgewater | Loose
UK online: Doug Hall | D Digital PR
UK regional: Rob Kerford | Sonic PR
GSA: Miriam Barzynski | Rough Trade Germany
SCANDINAVIA: Håkan Olsson | Rootsy
FRANCE: Barthélemy Lenfant | Modular
US: Daniel Cooper | Hearth PR


RADIO
UK: Sean Newsham | Mutante Inc.
GSA: Miriam Barzynski | Rough Trade Germany


BOOKING
EUR:
Bas | Belmont Bookings
Rest of World:
Kevin French | Paradigm Agency