(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #129: Courtney Marie Andrews

By on Monday, 26th February 2018 at 12:00 pm

American alt-country artist Courtney Marie Andrews left her home in Arizona at the tender age of 16, taking up a life of music and full time touring. Her official Bandcamp page shows a fairly lengthy list of early EP and LP releases, but Andrews’ major breakthrough came with her 2016 album ‘Honest Life’, which was picked up by Fat Possum/Mama Bird in the U.S. and Loose Music in the UK, and re-released in 2017.

Less than a year has passed since that release, but Andrews already has a brand new album recorded and ready to go. ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is due for release on the 23rd of March, just after Andrews’ scheduled appearance at SXSW 2018. ICYMI, we recently featured the album’s latest single ‘Kindness of Strangers’ as our Video of the Moment #2793. Andrews is one of the artists I’m most looking forward to seeing in Austin this year, and she was gracious enough to answer our set of Quickfire Questions ahead of the event.  Read on to get better acquainted . . .

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Words, Imagery, Feelings.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I can’t believe after ten years of touring this will be my first SXSW. I’m hot-diggity ready! Ten years is too long to not attend and perform at one of the quintessential music festivals, as a full-time musician.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
I’m very excited to hear Marlon Williams play, ’cause I think he has an incredible voice. I’m also very much looking forward to playing at Luck Reunion and hear Willie [Nelson] play that night. I’ve been hearing about that part of the festival for years, and I’m very excited to finally experience it.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m looking forward to rockin’ the hell out with my band and catching up with all my pals in the music world.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I always pack one too many pairs of earrings and only ever end up wearing one pair the entire tour. Bad habit.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Depending on the night. If it’s chill, a glass of Pinot Noir. If it’s rowdy, a shot of tequila. Somewhere in the middle, I’ll go for Gin & Tonics, Whiskey Gingers, Margaritas with salt, or Manhattans. My drink of choice is very mood oriented but those are my top picks.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Edelweiss’ from Sound of Music.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin, or ‘Blue’ by LeAnn Rimes.

What song always makes you laugh?
‘We’re Not the Jetset’ by George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

What song always makes you cry?
‘River’ by Joni Mitchell.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
Jerry Garcia’s entire ‘Lonesome Prison Blues’ album reminds me of the time I spent four nights on a Greyhound bus on the way to New York. I sat next to some of the nicest prostitutes and convicts, and I felt like I had lived every lyric Jerry sang about on that record. Every time I see a Greyhound bus I feel the urge to listen to that record.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Ooooh, that’s so hard. SO MANY. Off the top of my head, I’d say ‘Picture in a Frame’ by Tom Waits.

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
A Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin love child, in a perfect world.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would probably try my hand at writing novels, or try and become an anthropologist. Those are careers that always seemed to hold a lot of stories in them, and I could never do something that didn’t involve a story.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
SO HARD. I’d bring Paul Robeson, ‘The Power and the Glory’, because that feels like a good album to listen to in “Heaven.”

Along with her own new album (naturally!), Andrews also recommends an upcoming release from one of her Mama Bird Recordings label mates. “The opener for my U.S. tour, Matt Dorrien, is releasing a beautiful new album on [the 27th of April]! I’d definitely look out for that one!” (NPR featured that album’s lead single ‘Baby I’m So Lost’ back in January; it’s well worth a listen.)

Andrews has a full slate of shows lined up for her time at SXSW 2018; you can keep up with her showcase appearances by checking the official SXSW 2018 schedule. Following SXSW, Andrews will hit the road with her band for live shows in the North America, Europe, and Australia. Details of her UK and Ireland shows are right back here, and a full listing of her upcoming live dates can be found on her official Web site.

Our thanks to Doug for arranging this e-mail q&a.

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