Courtney Marie Andrews obviously likes the UK, as she’s already spent some time here earlier this year opening for the Handsome Family and she’s decided to bring her brand of country inspired singer-songwriting back again for dates in late August and early September. Having started touring at the age of 16 when she left her home in Arizona she’s travelled far – literally and figuratively – over the last decade. She’s racked up plenty of road miles, and still found time for five studio albums of new classics in the mode of an Emmylou Harris – with a touch of Linda Rontstadt around the edges.
Her most recent album – Honest Life – was inspired in part by these experiences as she found herself realizing the impact of growing up on the road. She’s described the album as a coming of age record, and it features her strongest writing to date. Unusually the recording coincided with a return home for a spate of bartending, as she’s described herself “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 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 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.”
23 Aug Brudenell Social Club Leeds
24 Aug Deaf Institute Manchester
26 Aug Westport House Westport
27 Aug Enniskillen Airport Enniskillen
29 Aug Whelan’s Dublin
30 Aug Open House Festival Bangor
31 Aug St. Luke’s Glasgow
01 Sep Moseley Folk Festival 2017 Birmingham
03 Sep The Lantern Bristol
04 Sep Bush Hall London
05 Sep Bush Hall London
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