By Rosine Alleva, Journalist/Photographer – Rock at Night France, Switzerland
Courtney Marie Andrews is a singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. Between 2008 and 2017, she has already released 3 albums and an EP.
CM Andrews began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 13 or 14 and began performing at 15. She toured as a backing vocalist with American rock group Jimmy Eat World and It’s in Damien Jurado’s band that she began playing electric guitar. She has been touring and releasing self-produced independent albums. While living in Belgium for a few months, she played guitar and sang with Belgian star Milow. That’s where her songs for the album Honest Life started taking shape. Released in August 2016 in US by Mama Bird Recording Co. and early 2017 in the UK and Europe by Loose,
Honest Life was well received by critics in US. She’s been compared to Joni Mitchell by Rolling Stone who also named her as one of ten new country artists people need to know and named Honest Life one of the Top 40 country albums of 2016. And nominations keep going on, last February, she was named Best International Artist at the UK Americana awards, sharing a stage with artists like Robert Plant and Imelda May.
Her new album, “May Your Kindness Remain” will be released in exactly 2 days. Her new tour just started through US, and she will be performing in Europe and UK in about 2 weeks. The album has been produced by Mark Howard (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams), and was recorded in Los Angeles at a rented house-turned-studio over a week. Courtney Marie Andrew, on vocals and electric/acoustic guitar, is accompanied on the album by Dillon Warnek (electric guitar), Daniel Walter (organ, Wurlitzer, accordion), Charles Wicklander (piano, Wurlitzer), William Mapp (drums, percussion), Alex Sabel (bass) and C.C. White (background vocals).
I discovered Courtney Marie Andrews lately (thank you Etjen). It was a long time I didn’t hear such a great voice, she gave me goose bumps. She sounds so sincere and sings with such emotion. Although compared to Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt or Joni Mitchell…she ‘s a wonderful artist from the new generation, with her own style. The theme of the album is about how people can struggle in today’s life and somehow miss the best in them. Courtney Marie Andrews might be only 27 but when you listen to her songs…this girl must be an old soul.
Her style, her voice remind me so much of Valerie Carter (R.I.P) who I was, and still am, a big fan since 1976. Would she become the new one Jackson Brown is talking about in his song “That girl could sing“?
Looking forward to see her live soon!
May your Kindness Remain tracks
01 “May Your Kindness Remain”
02 “Lift The Lonely From My Heart”
03 “Two Cold Nights In Buffalo”
04 “Rough Around The Edges”
06 “Took You Up”
07 “This House”
08 “Kindness Of Strangers”
09 “I’ve Hurt Worse”
10 “Long Road Back To You”
May Your Kindness Remain is out 3/23 via Fat Possum Records and Mama Bird
To pre-order : https://cma.lnk.to/MYKR
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From Belgian and Italian parents, I grew up with music, dance and big fun! I love singing since I'm a little girl, I still am, haha. When I was 14, I saw my first concert: T-Rex. Later it was FrankZappa, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Fela, Canned Heat, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind and Fire ....
I dreamed to have a chat with each of them 😀 Before interviewing bands, I used to sing (and still do) and met lots of great musicians. I had the chance to be the support band to Joe Cocker in 2007. I love to communicate and meet people (Italian blood).
Working for magazine, a few years ago, l met José Oliveira! We were working at the same festival in Colmar. 2 people from the South with the same passion just recognized each other...and we stayed in contact since then. Here I am! Enjoying concerts, covering interviews and articles with José for Rock at Night!!
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