- 15 Nov 17
Country singer Courtney Marie Andrews will return to Dublin with a show at Whelans on 20th April 2018.
Andrews left her Arizona home town for her first tour at just 16 years of age, playing in whatever dive bar or cafe would take her.
Over the course of the decade which followed, she played as a backup singer and guitarist for artists such as Jimmy Eat World and Damien Jurado.
During this time she was also writing her own material and slowly establishing herself as a singer-songwriter.
In 2011, Courtney recorded On My Page, picking up some high profile admirers such as Ryan Adams.
After the record's release, she returned to performing other artists' work, 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.
During her time on the road Courtney wrote many of the songs on her latest record Honest Life. These tracks are lyrical reflections upon growing up in such an environment and the necessary reconciling between her and other’s art and identity.
The now 27 year old singer describes Honest Life as a "coming of age album", with themes of heartbreak, homesickness and other "growing pains as a woman".
Speaking about the album, she says "a common thread that runs through the songs, is a great desire to fit somewhere, when nowhere fits".
Upon her return to the US, she "wrote the other half of the songs about coming home and feeling a sense of belonging again".
Courtney produced the entire record herself at Litho Studios in Seattle with recording engineer Floyd Reitsma. Honest Life is available now.