COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

Courtney Marie Andrews 2018 by Laura E. Pertain

May Your Kindness Remain

Honest Life

On My Page

Courtney Marie Andrews spent over nine months of 2017 on the road, with multiple trips across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. That’s nothing new for Andrews, though. She’s been touring relentlessly since leaving her Arizona hometown at 16. It’s a life that inspired much of her 2016 breakthrough album, Honest Life. While that album’s themes spoke to the isolation and rootlessness inherent in a life on the road, most of its songs were actually written during an intentional, extended break. The success that followed its release, however, didn’t afford her the same break to write the material for her new album.

 

Although May Your Kindness Remain was predominately written on the road — in the van, in hotels, and in the homes of family and friends — it’s not a road record like its predecessor. That is, it’s not so much inspired by her life on the road so much as it is by the people she’s met along the way. It’s an inward reflection on the connectivity of their stories and her own. “More than anything,” she says, “it 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.”

 

May Your Kindness Remain is full of vivid depictions of complex people and places with all too common struggles. Much of the album deals with the psychological and relational impact of the unrealistic picture of success that is so embedded in modern American culture.

 

“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. Mental illness is a taboo in this culture — or not taken seriously. I’ve grown up around it a lot, and sort of feel like I understand it from all sides.”

 

There are no simple answers in these songs. There’s just an acknowledgment of our shared hardships and a call for empathy. Despite its characters’ burdens, May Your Kindness Remain isn’t downtrodden. There’s a defiance built into its melancholy, a sense that even the most complicated problems are worth facing — a sentiment that also explains why the album’s music refuses to stay within any rigid sonic boundaries.

 

While Andrews self-produced Honest Life, she knew this one had to be different. To record May Your Kindness Remain, her restless side took over. “It’s very characteristic to how I work — I need to be shaken up,” she says. “I was like, ‘I need to change something, and create something different, and push myself in a different direction. I knew I wanted to make a more modern, unique sounding record.”

 

She found that direction thanks to a bit of serendipity. All at once, she began noticing Mark Howard’s name on several of her favorite records. She was consistently drawn to the resonant depth of the sound and tone in the albums he had done with luminaries like Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Tom Waits. With nothing to lose, her manager messaged him about producing the new record.

 

The inquiry was a success: months later, Andrews and her band found themselves in a rented house in Los Angeles, overlooking the city’s skyline, making May Your Kindness Remain with Howard at the helm. “I wanted to make a record in L.A.,” she says. “In that house, overlooking a city that epitomizes both America’s diversity and also the commonality of very real struggles against often unrealistic hopes and dreams.”

 

Andrews recalls Howard saying that he liked “making records that you can live in.” To her, it felt intuitive, natural and spontaneous — an extension of the songwriting process that went into these songs. Howard, Andrews and the band lived in that house for eight days, barely fitting it in between two tours. As is Howard’s custom, the house was the studio. He brought all the gear, recording everyone in the same room to a live board, live off the floor. “A lot of the record is either the first take or we did just one overdub,” Andrews says. “Nothing’s overthought.” The band set up in a circle, watching each other across the room as they played each song live.

 

As a result, the album sounds intimate and warm, as if listeners are in the house with them, watching it all unfold. While May Your Kindness Remain is Andrews’ fullest sounding record to date, the songs and her vocals are never eclipsed. “Mark’s really good about stripping the song down to the bones, and asking, ‘Where is the song in this? And how do we make the song come out while still having great instrumentation?’” Andrews recalls.

 

Still, the album’s arrangements are meticulous. Unlike the predominantly acoustic guitar based Honest Life, May Your Kindness Remain builds around Andrews’ songs with heavy lead guitar (Dillon Warnek) and keys riffs (Daniel Walker, Charles Wicklander). Having played with Andrews for years, the rhythm section (Alex Sabel, bass; William Mapp, drums, percussion) fills the sound as naturally as you’d expect. There was no click track for Mapp, adding to the album’s sentient, live feel.

 

Every instrument and sound on the album has their proper place, across diverse styles: proud piano ballads (“Rough Around the Edges”); easygoing, country-tinted rock (“Kindness of Strangers”); and biting, sarcastic folk gems (“I’ve Hurt Worse”). Gospel singer C.C. White adds backing vocals throughout, including on the stunning title track, a striking statement of purpose that blooms at the end thanks to layers of soulful harmonies. “When C.C. was singing her parts,” Andrews remembers, “I just laid there on the floor, both comforted and blown away.”

 

Andrews’ own vocals are notably more powerful and soulful — especially on the organ-heavy blues number “Border”, with a ragged weariness that honors the immigrant’s resilience in the face of blatant thoughtlessness and racism; and “Took You Up”, a take on accepting love as a simple offering before any illusion of wealth or success. Her vocal performances reflect her recent listening habits, which include Motown and soul, as well as albums by the eclectic rock band Little Feat. They also point to her confidence and growing range as a live vocalist.

 

“I subconsciously started incorporating more vocal stretching in my songs, just because of how fun that was,” she says. “I’ve always been really inspired by soul singers. I can sing like that — but I never really had before.”

 

In the end, May Your Kindness Remain finds Andrews at home in her restlessness, embracing her intuition. It has stretched her vocals, her sound and her songwriting to new depths and produced a brave record — a record that is unafraid of addressing the complexities of life in order to find common ground and understanding, no matter how divided this world may seem.

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Photo credit: David McClister

Photo credit: Laura E. Pertain

Heart And Mind

Courtney Marie Andrews - Heart And Mind

Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Title: Heart And Mind (Single)

Release date: 10 September 2018

Catalogue no.: VJDS105

Formats: digital

1. Heart And Mind

Sea Town / Near You

Courtney Marie Andrews - Near You / Sea Town

Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Title: Sea Town / Near You

Release date: 15 September 2017

Catalogue no.: VJS80

Formats: 7″ Vinyl

A. Sea Town
B. Near You

May Your Kindness Remain

Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain

Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Title: May Your Kindness Remain

Release date: 23 March 2018

Catalogue no.: VJCD240

Formats: CD / heavyweight LP with download / digital

1. May Your Kindness Remain
2. Lift The Lonely From My Heart
3. Two Cold Nights In Buffalo
4. Rough Around The Edges
5. Border
6. Took You Up
7. This House
8. Kindness Of Strangers
9. I’ve Hurt Worse
10. Long Road Back To You

Honest Life

Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life

Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Title: Honest Life

Release date: 20 January 2017

Catalogue no.: VJCD228

Formats: CD / heavyweight LP with download / digital

1. Rookie Dreaming
2. Not The End
3. Irene
4. How Quickly Your Heart Mends
5. Let The Good One Go
6. Honest Life
7. Table For One
8. Put The Fire Out
9. 15 Highway Lines
10. Only In My Mind

On My Page

Courtney Marie Andrews - On My Page

Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Title: On My Page

Release date: 25 August 2017 (re-issue of 2013 album)

Catalogue no.: VJCD236

Formats: CD / heavyweight LP with download / digital

1. Woman Of Many Colors
2. This Time
3. It Keeps Going
4. Blue Woman
5. Haven’t Seen It
6. 500 Nights
7. Fall City
8. Paintings From Michael
9. On My Page
10. Left-Handed Angel

MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN (23 March 2018)

#1 UK Top 40 Americana Albums Chart
#1 UK Top 20 Independent Albums Breakers Chart
#5 UK Top 50 Independent Albums Chart
#12 UK Top 40 Vinyl Albums Chart
#58 UK Top 100 Albums Chart
#25 Uncut – Albums of The Year 2018
#53 Mojo – The 75 Best Albums Of 2018
#43 The Guardian – The 50 Best Albums of 2018
#92 Rough Trade Albums Of The Year 2018
#21 Paste Magazine – Albums Of The Year
#42 Paste – The 50 Best Songs Of 2018
#82 Fopp Magazine – 100 Best Albums of 2018
Albumism – 50 Best Albums of 2018
Glide Magazine – Glide’s 20 Best Albums of 2018

Rough Trade Albums of The Month
The Guardian Best Albums Of 2018 So Far
NPR Music’s 40 Favorite Albums of 2018 (So Far)
NPR Music’s Favorite 35 Songs of 2018 (So Far)
Rolling Stone 25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018 So Far
#8 Paste Magazine‘s 20 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far
Saving Country Music’s Best Country Albums of 2018 So Far

 

“May Your Kindness Remain confirms Andrews’ rise. It’s a brilliant record, proof that old forms can still be timeless.”
★★★★★
THE GUARDIAN

 

“Andrews may be the finest young singer-songwriter in America”
THE TELEGRAPH

 

“one of this year’s best albums”
FINANCIAL TIMES

 

Hottest Tracks: Kindness Of Strangers
“the Seattle-based country-rocker channels Tom Petty on a real heart-tugger of a track.”

“Some vocalists seem born to sing about sorrow, the catch in their voices conveying emotion with an intensity others can only dream of. Andrews is a natural in this department. …Backed by a superb band, the Arizonian alternates between fragile keen and full-throated roar, both mesmerising”

★★★★

THE SUNDAY TIMES

 

“Cool country singer Courtney brings in a gospel groove, ending up midway between Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston”
NME

 

“Gorgeous”
★★★★★
COUNTRY MUSIC MAGAZINE

 

“This is quite simply breathtaking music from a rising star.”
RECORD OF THE DAY

 

“There’s something exceptional about her delivery. Something timeless and measured and true.”
LAURA BARTON, MUSIC WEEK

 

“The comparisons to Emmylou Harris this 27-year-old Phoenix native has received are only reinforced by her understated heartache… loneliness and melancholy rarely sound this positive.”

★★★★
Q

 

★★★★
THE TIMES

 

“[Kindness Of Strangers is] another magical offering, the antiquated glow of Andrews’ craft matched by that striking lead voice which has already cleared such a pathway for her, each release seemingly carrying her further and further towards 2018’s illustrious peak.”
GOLD FLAKE PAINT

 

★★★★
MOJO

 

 

“an impressive balance between darkness and light, between the vulnerable and the strong, seeking out the worthwhile in the everyday… An album of sustained emotional connection that leaves you all the better for hearing it”
★★★★
THE IRISH TIMES

 

“Andrews’ latest offering marks the full flowering of a considerable talent…”
“Ten years into her recording career, Andrews’ time is now”
★★★★½
THE SUN

 

“the prolific Arizona singer-songwriter comes of age… Her songs evoke Joni Mitchell, with rockier guitars”
★★★★
THE DAILY MAIL

 

“By God, it was marvellous. Don’t miss her next time she comes around”
★★★★★
FINANCIAL TIMES (live review)

 

“Shot through with compassion, hymnal qualities and an innate understanding of the human condition, it brings to mind the likes of Carole King or Linda Ronstadt… remarkable”
9/10
BELFAST TELEGRAPH

 

“May Your Kindness Remain” is the gorgeous new track from country babe Courtney Marie Andrews.”
WONDERLAND MAGAZINE

 

“outstanding , down-to-earth songwriting and singing putting a lump in your throat and an ache in your belly”
★★★★
BUZZ MAGAZINE

 

“Though the story of this master storyteller’s career is destined to continue evolving in exciting ways in the years (and albums) to come, May Your Kindness Remain offers convincing affirmation that persistence and passion can pay off for artists who have songs of substance to share with the world.”
★★★★★
ALBUMISM

 

★★★★
THE BIG ISSUE NORTH

 

“there’s no doubt that expectations have been met and surpassed”
FOLK RADIO

 

“at her best, the 27-year-old is a sensation. Not only is she in possession of a breathtakingly brilliant voice, she also has a way with a cutting lyric.”
EVENING STANDARD

 

“outstanding”
THE SKINNY (live review)

 

“an outstanding vocalist on record but when she performs her songs live they completely come to life… If you ever get the chance to see her live make sure that you do, because she really is an incredibly special and talented artist.”

“a wonderful, layered, timeless album. It’s filled with stories that tug at your heartstrings and feels as though it could have easily been released in the 1960s or 1970s as much as today. Andrews is a fantastic storyteller and fills her songs full of emotion, meaning you truly connect with her and her characters. It’s a beautiful record”

★★★★★

ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS (live review)

 

“‘May Your Kindness Remain’ displays remarkable pathos and masterful musicianship that makes these brand new songs feel like old friends. ‘I’ve Hurt Worse’ is straight from the Bob Dylan songwriting wheelhouse, while ‘Two Cold Nights in Buffalo’ hits all the Americana sweet spots, culminating in one of the most soulful songs you’ll hear this year.”
“classic country with a modern message.”
DORK MAGAZINE

 

“There is a sort of in-built confidence and class here to lift this above the norm”
“a record that deserves any accolade that comes its way. Awards and acclaim will surely follow too, because make no mistake, “May Your Kindness Remain” is one of the Americana albums of the year.”
9/10
MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC

 

“ the actual substance of May Your Kindness Remain is triumphant”
★★★★
THANK FOLK FOR THAT

 

“If you love Gram Parsons or Joni Mitchell, it’s well worth hanging out on her porch.”
★★★★
THE SCOTSMAN

 

 

“Andrews proves herself a rare talent; not only can her voice stand comparison to Joni Mitchell, running from warm and soothing to heart-grippingly passionate in one breath, but her songwriting and arrangements are an intoxicating evocation of 21st century Americana.”
“A huge talent.”
★★★★★
ISLINGTON GAZETTE

 

“One of the finest and most passionate voices of her generation, Courtney justified the hype this evening.”

“a stunning record with the essence of an artist pushing their sound & reaching their peak at the same time. There is an effortless flow to the whole record, which crucially never outstays it’s welcome at a lean ten tracks. Undoubtably one of the years musical highlights so far.”

MCR LIVE

 

“A major new talent in Americana has arrived.”
GALWAY ADVERSTISER

 

“Andrews may have previously been dubbed ‘the best songwriter you’ve never heard of’, but if its predecessor began erasing that tag then ‘May Your Kindness Remain’, which oozes confidence and class, will surely render such a line utterly redundant.”
★★★★
STEREOBOARD

 

“Her crystal clear delivery and stage presence is mesmerising.”
★★★★★
THE ARGUS  (live review)

 

“A wonderfully produced album, which showcases the enormous talent in Ms. Andrews, May Your Kindness Remain, may it flourish, for Courtney Marie Andrews it certainly does deserve it.”
LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

 

“this is stunning. Here Andrews steps out beyond just simple country music to something bigger, bolder, warmer and more soulful… In a world that seems harsher and ever more judgemental than before, Andrews takes a step back with this piece of powerful beauty and offers a simple antidote to the subject of her song: “If your money runs out and your good looks fade, may your kindness remain.”
BREAKING MORE WAVES

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews is BACK and sounding better than EVER… this really is one of the coolest tunes that could happen to me at the beginning of this year (any year, really… a freaking awesome song”
QUEEN BEETCH

 

“Highly recommended – ALBUM OF THE WEEK”
★★★★
FALMOUTH PACKET

 

“a musically upbeat album and the proud songs radiate intimacy, compassion, warmth, astute scrutiny while Courtney’s full-on, superb vocals keenly reflect her liking for Motown and the soul singers who have long inspired and moved her such as Aretha Franklin.”
FATEA

 

“her commitment to the traditional country aesthetic pays off in spades on ‘May Your Kindness Remain’. The album’s beauty lies in its simplicity, which highlights Andrews’ delicate balance of grit and grace.”
9/10
THERE GOES THE FEAR

 

“It was a hard task to top Honest Life but Andrews has made it seem effortless. This will no doubt be at the top of many albums of the year lists. And deservedly so.”
YORKSHIRE TIMES

 

“one of America’s best current singer/songwriters”
GETINTOTHIS

 

“Delicately sung and immaculately presented, Courtney Marie Andrews is the architect of a record that should act as a country/folk blueprint in 2018. A journey, a journal, a lesson, this album is a classic.”
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews cements her position as a break-out Americana artist of note.”
8/10
AMERICANA UK

 

“From beginning to end, the intimate authenticity of Courtney Marie Andrews’ live performance is astonishing”
★★★★★
THE MODERN RECORD
(live review)

 

“a sublime album which cements Andrews’ status as a major artist.”
BLABBER ‘N’ SMOKE

 

“we’ll be hearing a lot more of Courtney Marie Andrews this year.”
★★★★
NARC

 

“ Songs as spellbinding as these can surely only help make the world a better place.”
HIGHWAY QUEENS

 

“take the time to absorb the gorgeous voice of CMA and this latest, exquisite collection”
9/11
THE ROCK CLUB

 

“A real emotional slower burner, May Your Kindness Remain is an ode to seeing the good in people – there’s a real purity and tenderness to it.”
CRACK IN THE ROAD

 

“one of those longing, homely bops you can’t help but love” (on ‘Kindness of Strangers’)
PRESS PLAY OK

 

“Once again Andrews sings from the heart, delivering an album of personal and very intimate songs that see her laying her soul bare for everyone to see.”
9/10
REVIEW GRAVEYARD

 

“May her kindness remain and may her talents keep delivering records as good as this one”

★★★★★
FOLK NORTH WEST / NORTHERN SKY MAGAZINE

 

“This latest release is surely going to be the album that cements her reputation. ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ displays the kind of maturity you’d expect from a Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris.”
GET TO THE FRONT

 

“It not only builds on its predecessor but forges a new direction, both lyrically and musically. By a comfortable margin, this is Andrews at her very best.”
YOUR LIFE IN A SONG

 

“Probably one of the most blissfully stunning pieces of music you will hear this year.”
BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

 

“If her new record does not convince folk about Courtney Marie Andrews’ credentials as one of America’s finest singer-songwriters, then this evening’s performance most certainly will have done the job.”
TOO MANY BLOGS
(live review)

 

 

AMERICA

 

“a hell of a singer-songwriter…”

“astonishingly beautiful new album”
“…it’s a head-spinning discovery, a warm and gorgeous and fully formed piece of work. The kindness isn’t just in the lyrics. It’s in the way music like this can nourish you, can make your insides glow. An album like this can be a refuge.”
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
STEREOGUM

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews is something special.”

“Kindness of Strangers” rules….incredible cut…And what a voice she has — it always lifts me up”

“A punk-steeped folkie casting sideways glances at mainstream country à la Lucinda Williams…”
THE FADER

 

“…the new record sees her exercising a different set of musical muscles from those that have drawn her comparisons with Joni Mitchell. ‘Kindness’ is awash in church organ, lush harmonies, and a soaring, impassioned lead vocal from Andrews, whose twang quivers and shudders as she scales the song’s climactic final refrain.”
ROLLING STONE

 

“The layers of singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews’ May Your Kindness Remain are vast as the music is enchanting. Her sixth record is easy to fall for, with her dusky soprano rising atop an easy-going, yet sultry band. Her groove is reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt, particularly with the way she slides around the spectrum of Americana: country, folk, gospel and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.” NPR Music’s 40 Favorite Albums of 2018 (So Far)
NPR MUSIC

 

“Unafraid to get loud and swaggering, but just as comfortable in those bottom-of-your-heart, devastatingly hushed moments, Andrews is a bold, beautiful new voice who is completely worthy of your attention. Like, right now.”
UPROXX

 

“The tune couples soulful crooning with elements of gospel and rock, which suggests a new step for the acoustic folk artist. But her classic and timeless sound still remains, recalling the likes of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams.”
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

 

“The imagery of the average Courtney Marie Andrews song is so vibrant, it sucks you straight into the story.”
“…you can’t overlook the soaring vocal performances Courtney Marie applies to her words and stories.”
“…she’s a rising star that could prove to be a generational talent, with May Your Kindness Remain being one of those records you return to for years.”

“In the last few years multiple voices have emerged that could bring the promise of greater balance to fruition, and possibly none as strong and compelling as Courtney Marie Andrews.”
8.5/10
SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

 

“10 new tunes that are lusher and more expansive while leaving plenty of room to showcase her astonishing voice.”
“a rare blend of power and feeling that can bring you to your knees.”
8.1/10
PASTE MAGAZINE

 

“Courtney Marie Andrew’s soft echoing voice is taken to newer, soulful heights…
Admiring the great soul singers of our time, Andrews’ proves she can hang with any of them.”
OLD ROOKIE

 

“a well-balanced collection of Andrews’s acutely perceptive songwriting.”
VULTURE

 

“[I’ve Hurt Worse is] a rich folk ballad that showcases the full range of Andrews’ dynamic, remastered- vinyl vocals, “I’ve Hurt Worse” waltzes through a whole slew of lovers’ excuses, centered on a gentle crescendo of piano. Produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan) it’s one of many moments on May Your Kindness Remain, that show a sophisticated understanding of what humans are able to sacrifice just to love and be loved – or even to simply make it through the day.”
ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

 

“Her emotive voice and illustrative lyricism make her a necessary minister in these modern times.”
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews is a rising superstar in the world of Americana music.”
“…Andrews portrays strength and honesty in a way that captivates.”
KEXP

 

“…a voice as pure and expressive as Judy Collins and a pen as poetic and true as Lucinda Williams…”
“…she’s got both the soul and the gumption to go full Aretha when the spirit moves her.”
“As a lyricist, her attention to fine detail can feel almost photographic, if not three-dimensional…and her focus is equally as sharp when it comes to capturing the bigger picture.”
LONE STAR MUSIC

 

“In a world gone mad, her gospel-tinged Americana can get you through a shitty day or two.”
HEAR YA

 

“Combine Andrews’ remarkable twangy expressive vocals with insightful songwriting and top-notch production from Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Emmylou Harris) and the result is her stunning sixth album – May Your Kindness Remain… Andrews is a powerhouse… Stunning, often riveting, Andrews has indeed found a new groove.”
9/10
GLIDE MAGAZINE

 

“…a haunting blend of classic country, folk-rock, and reflective singer/songwriter pop.”
“…May Your Kindness Remain impacts with these evocative snapshots of the 99-percent, but it also does so with Andrews’ rich voice and melodicism as well as a lingering sadness.”
ALL MUSIC

 

“a mix of stark country songs and soulful, twangy rockers — all driven by the Arizona native’s distinctive (and impressive) voice.” ”
THE WASHINGTON POST

 

“A gorgeous dose of Courtney’s Joni Mitchell-esque folk that brings in some unexpected distorted guitar, gospel-inspired harmonies, and more. It’s more proof that Courtney is a force to be reckoned with”

“Courtney has no trouble exceeding expectations. She sounds wise beyond her years on May Your Kindness Remain (she’s 27), and the music sounds imported from a past era without feeling retro or unoriginal.”

“The title track/lead single off her upcoming album May Your Kindness Remain combines Joni Mitchell-esque folk with gospel harmonies, and it’s really a next-level song for this kind of stuff.”

BROOKLYN VEGAN

 

“a genuine rootsy singer-songwriter collection of songs. Her strong narrative voice and even stronger vocals feel truer than ever on May Your Kindness Remain.”
NO DEPRESSION

 

“she cuts loose with a rare blend of power and feeling that can bring you to your knees”
PASTE MAGAZINE

 

“one of the year’s best roots albums”
THE SEATTLE TIMES

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews makes a bid for Best Album of 2018 with May Your Kindness Remain…Her voice is sticky like caramel but exposes every inch of her vulnerability.” ”
B-SIDES & BADLANDS

 

“9/10 and absolutely a recommendation. definitely get this one, you won’t regret it!”
SPECTRUM PULSE

 

“it’s the voice and the words and the force of Courtney Marie Andrews that propels this album…She never hits a wrong note, never strikes a false tone, never sounds like she’s trying too hard, but always seems to be reinventing and reinvigorating the tune on the fly.” ”
DUSTED MAGAZINE

 

GERMANY

 

“She manages to expand her sound pallet and let shine her images of the other America even more powerful. And as singer she really takes a chance”
★★★★
ROLLING STONE DEUTSCHLAND

 

“by now Courtney Marie Andrews has developed a cult status in the UK and with the new longplayer she will definitely extend her following”
8/10
CLASSIC ROCK DEUTSCHLAND

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews is an exceptional talent.”
RADIO EINS

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews has a classic folk voice, which is remindful of the Grandes Dames of the genre, like Emmylou Harris and Joan Baez and she has worth hearing stories, that are told
with verve and dignified vocabulary”
★★★★★
MÜNCHNER MERKURE

 

“The music of Courtney Marie Andrews is the best in the country genre you can listen to right now”
JUNGE WELT

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews took a long time to arrive. But she has definitely come to stay.”
8/10
PLATTENTESTS

 

“not a typical On-The-Road Album, in fact Andrews orientates herself in the tradition of country singers like Bobby Gentry, K.T. Oslin oder Tammy Wynette, definitely not the worst recipe, especially when it is presented so high quality and coherent like here)”
GOOD TIMES

 

SCANDINAVIA

 

“Here we have an obvious legacy of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt… An album like this might well be a classic.”
“An album like this might well be a classic. Courtney Marie Andrews major breakthrough should come soon! Without any hesitation 10/10 I rated from myself and another aspirant on this year’s best album.”
10/10
UPPSALANYHETER

 

“Right now no one sings Americana more beautifully than Courtney Marie Andrews. Her fourth album is a sad and warm revelation.”
AFTONBLADET

 

“outstanding , down-to-earth songwriting and singing putting a lump in your throat and an ache in your belly”
VÄRMLANDA FOLKBLAD

 

★★★★
NWT.SE

 

“May Your Kindness Remain is an album that many of her genre compadres just dream about. Joan Baez has called it quit, and Andrews has just introduced herself”
LIRA

 

OTHER COUNTRIES

 

“she sings like a young Emmylou Harris over a honky-tonk band.”
★★★★
NRC

 

“In ten songs the singer shuttles between country, folk, blues and gospel. She also designed a rich and dynamic sound for the album together with producer Mark Howard, who also worked with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, which makes May Your Kindness Remain fascinating after many spins.”
★★★★
TROUW

 

“the American singer-songwriter once again presents, in ten moving tracks, an album that is horribly beautiful.”
BLUES MAGAZINE NL

 

“Brilliant Americana”
★★★★½
WRITTEN IN MUSIC

 

“The lead single and title track of the album May Your Kindness Remain surfaced earlier in the week and it sounds absolutely brilliant. She is phenomenal and her songs always move me deeply. I can hardly wait to hear the full album.”
ONE CHORD TO ANOTHER

 

“consistently impressive album”

★★★★
THEMUSIC.AU

HONEST LIFE (20 January 2017)

OFFICIAL UK CHARTS
#1 – AMERICANA ALBUMS CHART
#1 – INDEPENDENT ALBUM BREAKERS CHART
#14 – RECORD STORE TOP 40
#16 – INDEPENDENT ALBUM CHART
#56ROUGH TRADE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2017
AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION UK AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR


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

 

“a pared-down John Prine stillness to her lyrics, an Emmylou Harris resonance to her voice… the sweet ache of Campbell”
AFTER GLEN CAMPBELL: THE RHINESTONE COWGIRLS AND COWBOYS TO LISTEN TO NOW
THE GUARDIAN

 

“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

 

“…simply stunning” #1 ALBUM 2017”
Michael Hingston / COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE

 

#5 BEST OF AMERICANA, FOLK & COUNTRY 2017
BEAT SURRENDER

 

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

 

“Andrews is in possession of a voice of timeless timbre and heart wrenching purity, with a deep canyon vibrato evoking none-other than Joni Mitchell in these lilting southern-tinged songs…Exceptional songwriting and memorable melodies”
#46 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
RESIDENT BRIGHTON

 

“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

 

“A pure natural voice to kill for”
THE SCOTSMAN

 

“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 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 love letter to folksy 60’s songwriting with some of the best lyrics of the year. Barefaced confessionals from every truck-stop and diner in America, delivered with a conviction like Joni Mitchell at her most tender.”
#10 – GIGSOUP WRITERS’ BEST ALBUMS OF 2017

 

#4 HIGHWAY QUEENS TOP 30 FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

★★★★
THANK FOLK FOR THAT ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2017

“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

 

#3 – TRUCK STORE TOP 10 AMERICANA ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

2016 TOP TEN ALBUMS
GREG VANDY, KEXP

 

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

 

#3 – TRUCK STORE TOP 10 AMERICANA ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

 

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

 

“an absolute beauty of an album”
ONE CHORD

 

““When talking about the ebbs and flows of Americana music over the last twelve months, you can’t have a conversation without mentioning Courtney Marie Andrews. One of the great breakout stories of the year… A raw, uncompromising, and (funnily enough) honest album, ‘Honest Life’ turned a fair few heads. Andrews’ melding of country-tinged Americana longing with cryptic, heart-tugging lyrics and her glorious Joni Mitchell-style vocals sure struck a chord.”
GIGSOUP

 

“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

 

“brings to mind a young Emmylou Harris”
★★★★
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

 

“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

 

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

 

“one of music’s most underrated talents”
THE REVUE.CA

 

“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

ON MY PAGE (2017 re-issue)

“the closing lyric of ‘you’re either with me or you’re not’ is deserving of a big vote for the latter.”
★★★★★
SPIRAL EARTH

 

“classic country, as pure of voice as Emmylou Harris with exquisitely weighted musicianship”
★★★★
THE YORK PRESS

 

“a lady who has stayed under the radar for too long”
ALT COUNTRY NL

LIVE REVIEWS

“This is the 26-year old’s 12th straight night of performing ee 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

 

“Backed by a band that runs lean and sinewy, Andrews sounds tougher in concert than she does on record and that lends gravity to her sad songs: they no longer feel like dreams, they feel etched from experience.”
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ROLLING STONE

 

SXSW 2018: 25 Best Country, Americana Shows We Saw
ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

 

“she matched the quivering vocal inflections of Joni Mitchell and dressed them up with a sweet, sun-kissed drawl.”
AMERICANAFEST 2017: 20 Best Things We Saw
ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

 

“Andrews’ vocals and her appearance at once suggest that you could be watching a young Joni Mitchell but it does not take long to be swept up into Andrew’s world.”
AMERICANA UK
 

 

“It seems clear that in the coming months, she’ll be found by more and more, and after 10 years of travelling and writing songs, Courtney Marie Andrew’s effortless vocals and exceptional songwriting are set to be discovered, and celebrated, on a global scale.”
THANK FOLK FOR THAT

 

“A pure natural voice to kill for”
★★★★★
THE SCOTSMAN

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews will be big… In years to come people will reminisce about this gig and tell friends “I remember seeing her in a small theatre in Bangor before she won those Grammys”. Go see her if you can. Buy the album ‘Honest Life’. You will feel better for it!”
FOLK AND TUMBLE

 

“By God, it was marvellous. Don’t miss her next time she comes around.”
★★★★★
FINANCIAL TIMES
(live review)

 

“an utterly divine exhibition of exemplary singer-songwriter music”
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

 

“The quality of her voice, her songwriting and relaxed performing style is exceptional”
“rightly deserving of the plaudits she is receiving. Ten years on the road means she knows how to deliver a knockout show.” 9/10
BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

 

“A gorgeous performance of a singer with a phenomenal voice and songs.”
REAL ROOTS CAFE 

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews stunned the Celtic Connections crowd at Glasgow’s ABC with her unique blend of indie pop and country ballads.”
TICK X 

 

““rightly deserving of the plaudits she is receiving. Ten years on the road means she knows how to deliver a knockout show.”
9/10
BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

 

“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

 

“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

 

“the Phoenix native’s powerhouse vocals destined to one day earn awards bearing her initials.”
“The singer’s distinct twang delivers behind both keys and guitars ringing subtle grace and an anthemic weight somewhere between Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.”
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

 

“Courtney Marie Andrews is the truth. Her music is calming and electrifying all at once. It is a sensation like no other. Sometimes you are floating, and sometimes you are lost in the pictures that she so eloquently paints. And then you talk with her, and all of the wonderful things that you had hoped were true about a person, are.”
GO SEE LIVE MUSIC

 

“With her big, beautiful voice and earnest delivery, Andrews is a folk-country singer in the tradition of Emmylou Harris, and a performer worth catching in person.”
NASHVILLE SCENE

MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN (2018)
HONEST LIFE (2017)