Album Review: Honest Life – Courtney Marie Andrews

CMA.jpg“All I’ve ever wanted was an honest life, to be the person that I really am inside”, sings Courtney Marie Andrews in “Honest Life”, the title track to her new album, set for release on August 19th via Mama Bird Recording Company.

Andrews turns desires into reality with Honest Life; after a decade spent in the music industry, touring solo and with large pop bands, she began to crave a place to call home; the singer put her kickstand down in a small town deep in the forests of Washington State, which gave her a chance to rest and reflect, and a chance to craft some of the most authentic and mesmerizing Americana this writer has heard all year.

Her golden-edged voice, which fits somewhere between the trembling conviction of folk legends like Joan Baez and the stirring emotional power of 70s country icons like Linda Ronstadt, is a refreshing addition to the alt-country world, one which, frankly,  lacks strong female representatives. The remarkable control she wields over her instrument lends itself to heart-wrenching dynamics, and, coupled with un-fussy arrangements and simple instrumentation that calls back to the golden age of AM country, makes each track on the album uniquely captivating.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—hers is the kind of music that will stand the test of time.

Purchase Honest Life

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