Courtney Marie Andrews and Tyler Childers
Durham Cool readers. Courtney Marie Andrews is one of those artists one feels compelled to return for second and third listenings. Courtney has one of those timeless voices, like Emmylou Harris. Some suggest her pure tone reminds one of early Linda Ronstadt. Listen to the:
Courtney Marie Andrews – Full Performance (Live on KEXP), Table for one.
How could we go through life heretofore under-informed about this genuine and emotively suggestive singer/songwriter, Courtney Marie Andrews? Suffer no longer, simply watch the Kindness Remains and my favorite Courtney song, Table for One video below, and you will be hooked.
Luck reminded me of a live stream of the Americana Music Association Awards, Americana Honors and awards show on VuHaus September 12. My first sortie in the VuHaus world of streaming. Who knew of VuHaus until now? (1) Americana is the buzzword for real country/ roots music that is not fit for prime time commercial Country radio. Lucky for us that this pure music thrives in the hearts and minds of true music lovers everywhere. My favorite artists would fit under the broad and welcoming umbrella called Americana Music. I am happy to introduce Durham Cool readers to these emerging Americana Music artists.
Courtney Marie Andrews is an American singer-songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona, United States. She released her first album, Urban Myths, in 2008, and she has released five albums since.
Born: November 7, 1990 (age 27 years), Phoenix, AZ
Music group: Jimmy Eat World
Courtney Marie Andrews, whose new album is ‘May Your Kindness Remain,’ performs at SXSW 2018.
When Courtney Marie Andrews was growing up in Phoenix, she worked at a pizza shop downtown next to the offices of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump’s villainous border wall-loving buddy who somehow managed to stay in power for 24 years despite his penchant for racial profiling and prisoner abuse. Surrounded by the smell of mozzarella grease, Andrews would watch protests erupt on a daily basis, sometimes joining in too. Years later, that memory informed a song called “Border” off her newly released album May Your Kindness Remain.
“He’s a nasty man,” Andrews tells Rolling Stone Country, sitting on a couch in the green room at Nashville’s High Watt club in white go-go boots and jeans, her thick bangs draping over her eyebrows. “He was completely inhumane to people. So I wrote that song from a perspective of an immigrant just trying to make a life here, and how so many people forget that they are privileged, just by being born here. But there is always a story to tell, and ‘Border’ is about trying to gain empathy.”
Today in Music sits down with John Prine, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Dave Cobb, Margo Price, and Brandi Carlile to talk about their influences and more.
(1) VuHaus is a non-profit, digital music video service that introduces emerging and established artists to new audiences. … By creating exposure for these acts, VuHaus provides a unique window into the country’s most vibrant music scenes.
Table for one – lyrics
I’ve got no one I’m waiting on
I just pulled into town an hour ago
From the streets of Houston
To this diner in Ohio
I’m just a’waiting for the bar to open
‘Cause me, I’m a little bit lonely
A little bit stoned
And I’m ready to go home
You don’t want to be like me
This life it ain’t free
Always chained to when I leave
Been dancing with strangers
Sleeping in the van when the show’s over
I’ve been driving till I get tired
Found peace in the redwoods
Lost it 20 miles later
There is no telling which way this road bends
Been wondering how you’ve been
Hoping things have gotten better
Hope you finally settle down in Washington
Tyler Childers was born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky. He then moved from Lawrence Co, KY to Paintsville, KY and attended high school there. Notably, this is the same town as fellow country music icon Chris Stapleton as well as Loretta Lynn (Van Lear, KY). His father worked in the coal industry and his mother is a nurse. He learned singing in church where he sang in the church choir. He started to play guitar and write songs when he was around 13. He moved to Paintsville, Kentucky where he attended Paintsville High School and graduated in 2009. He studied for a semester at Western Kentucky
Childers began performing in Lexington, Kentucky and Huntington, West Virginia. In 2011, when he was 19, Childers released his first album, Bottles
He had his first success with Purgatory, an album released on August 4, 2017. The album was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson and recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Simpson also played guitar and sang backing vocals on the album, with Miles Miller on drums, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Russ Paul on other instruments. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 17 on the Country albums chart and No. 4 on the Americana/Folk albums chart.
Real music rises above the Corporate music machine, like a Narwhal out of the deep and frigid Arctic Sea-here on Durham Cool. No premium is sufficient to reward musicians like Tyler Childers. A voice like his must be heard and it stands to good reason he made it to the critics top Itunes tracks and
Brandi Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is American folk-rock and Americana singer-songwriter. Born in Ravensdale, Washington, she dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, teaching herself piano and guitar. Her debut major label album, Brandi Carlile, was released to critical acclaim yet achieved limited commercial success. Carlile garnered wider recognition with her 2007 single “The Story”, from her Brandi Carlile album) The Story was awarded gold status in 2017, having sold over 500,000 copies to date. Carlile’s most successful album to date, Firewatcher’s Daughter earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200.