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Courtney Marie Andrews’ NPR Music “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” premieres today


August 20, 2020—Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Courtney Marie Andrews is featured today as part of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series performing four songs from her acclaimed new album, Old Flowers: “Burlap String,” “It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault,” “If I Told” and “Ships In The Night.”

Watch HERE.

Of Andrews, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praises, “One of the shining lights of Americana music.” In celebration of the new album, Andrews was also recently featured on “CBS This Morning” performing as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series. Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief), Old Flowers was released last month on Fat Possum Records (stream/purchase here) and continues to receive widespread critical praise: 

“luminous”—The New York Times

“a really beautiful, beautiful new record”—NPR Music

“one of the most affecting and surprising singers in roots music”—The Wall Street Journal

“brings to mind classic Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, but Andrews’ bell-clear voice and fearless message of introspection are unmistakably her own”—Rolling Stone

“tremendously gifted…Andrews sings with serious power”—Stereogum

 “a gorgeous, triumphant album of growth”—Consequence of Sound

“Even when she’s exhausted and heartbroken, Andrews is so eager to offer grace on Old Flowers…this record will wreck you to your most tender core”—Paste

“what a voice, what an artist…asserted herself as a powerhouse”—WBUR Here & Now

“Andrews has long been one of the most unguarded singer/songwriters in the game and her latest single is a work of utter vulnerability”—Refinery29

“Andrews’ vocals are a beacon”—Under The Radar

“She’s authentic, of the moment and, at the same time, her work is numinous, timeless. Her lyrics are clear and concise and her songwriting structure is traditional, yet sparked with a  modern bent.” ★★★★—American Songwriter

“an all-around great album that’s full of honesty”—Brooklyn Vegan

The album is hypnotic, a spell you don’t want broken…Andrews takes the personal and makes it universal. Old Flowers is her, and her generation’s, Blue.”—No Depression 

“she summons her songwriting skill, vocal prowess, and musicianship into one career-defining statement…her voice sounds like a transmission from heaven”—Glide

“she turns her discerning eye and capacity for empathy and compassion back on herself in a way that feels both intensely personal and eminently relatable.”—Vinyl Me, Please

Her voice is the star here…channels the drama of classic country balladeers like Skeeter Davis; with hints of Maria McKee’s power and Neko Case’s clarity”—The Philadelphia Inquirer 

“It’s the break-up record we need in 2020, and it may be the best album of the year”—AmericanaHighways

“would easily have fit in on a Laurel Canyon patio during Joni Mitchell’s 
heyday”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The album is expertly crafted, well-written and intricately performed throughout…a complete, fully developed work that deserves your active attention.”—RIFF Magazine

Created in the aftermath of a long-term relationship, Old Flowers features Andrews’ most vulnerable writing to date on ten new songs that chronicle her journey through heartbreak, loneliness and finding herself again after it all. In addition to Andrews (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano), the album features only two other musicians: Twain’s Matthew Davidson (bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer, background vocals) and Big Thief’s James Krivchenia (drums, percussion). 

photo credit: ­­­Alexa Viscius

Of the album, Andrews shares, “Old Flowersis about heartbreak. There are a million records and songs about that, but I did not lie when writing these songs. This album is about loving and caring for the person you know you can’t be with. It’s about being afraid to be vulnerable after you’ve been hurt. It’s about a woman who is alone, but okay with that, if it means truth. This was my truth this year—my nine-year relationship ended and I’m a woman alone in the world, but happy to know herself.” Of their intention, Sarlo adds, “Before we got to the studio, we agreed to prioritize making this record as cathartic and minimal as possible—focusing on Courtney’s voice and her intention behind the songs. Because of this, the record is all about performance. I believe a great recording is the chemistry between everything during basics and the ability to feel something happening instead of obsessing over the perfect take. Courtney embraced this approach and we ended up with a raw, natural and human record.”The release of Old Flowers continues a series of breakout years for Andrews following her critically acclaimed 2018 album, May Your Kindness Remain. The album was featured on several year-end lists including NPR Music, Variety, Paste, No Depression, The A.V. Club and Rolling Stone, who called it, “a vital roadmap of grace, forgiveness and compassion during a year when the demand for such virtues has never been higher.” Additionally, NPR Music proclaimed, “a collection of songs, borne from interactions with others, that strives for healing and empathy in the midst of division and discord” while Stereogum praised, “astonishingly beautiful.”  Since the release, Andrews has performed at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and on CBS This Morning, earned an Emerging Artist of the Year nomination at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards and has continued to tour toured extensively including shows with Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, The Head and the Heart, John Prine, Shakey Graves and The Tallest Man on Earth.

OLD FLOWERS TRACK LIST1. Burlap String2. Guilty3. If I Told4. Together Or Alone 5. Carnival Dream6. Old Flowers7. Break The Spell8. It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault 9. How You Get Hurt 10. Ships In The Night


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