Rising American singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews today releases her debut UK single ‘Put The Fire Out’, with plans to release her new album ‘Honest Life’ on 20 January 2017 followed by a UK tour with American husband and wife duo – The Handsome Family.
Courtney said of the track: “‘Put The Fire Out’ is a song about letting go, and letting yourself take a break. When writing these songs, I had been on the road for a couple of years without much downtime. I felt my place really was at home and I had a deep longing to be near people that knew me.”
Perhaps currently best known for being Damien Jurado’s lead guitarist, Courtney Marie Andrews 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 East and West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that would have her. Courtney’s also been a session, backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists – from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado – but she never stopped writing her own material.
Courtney moved to Seattle in 2011 and recorded ‘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 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 own and others’ art and identity.
“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, Courtney 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 via Loose.
Courtney Marie Andrews will support The Handsome Family on their UK tour.
21 Feb – NORWICH, Arts Centre + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
22 Feb – MANCHESTER, RNCM + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
23 Feb – GLASGOW, St Luke’s + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
24 Feb – EDINBURGH, The Caves + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
25 Feb – GATESHEAD, Sage 2 + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
27 Feb – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
2 Mar – LONDON, Union Chapel + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
3 Mar – BRIGHTON, Concorde 2 + COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS