Courtney Marie Andrews, whose breakout 2016 release on Mama Bird Recording Co. Honest Life grabbed year-end lists from Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, American Songwriter to NPR, is announcing today that Fat Possum Records and Mama Bird Recording Co. are joining forces to support her work. Both Fat Possum and Mama Bird will partner with Ms. Andrews’ European label, Loose Music, where Andrews recently performed on the first episode of the new season of Later…With Jools Holland (alongside Thundercat, Anderson Paak, Spoon). Andrews will be heading on tour with Joe Pug for a run in Australia this summer before a headlining tour in Europe in the fall, an official showcase at the Americana Music Fest in Nashville and a North American tour with Hamilton Leithauser beginning in October.
Andrews says of the partnership: “I’m elated that Fat Possum will be co-releasing my albums with Mama Bird Recording Co. So honored to be a part of a label with such an incredible catalog, that includes artists like Townes Van Zandt, Al Green, and Fred McDowell, yet continues to support new songwriters and artists. Fat Possum has a unique and rich history with music, and I’m grateful they’ll be taking me on.”
Nashville’s WMOT have just posted a video of Andrews’ unreleased song “Heart and Mind” which she explains:
“Back in November, only two days or so after the election, this song hit me like a brick at a Love’s Truck Stop. I pulled over, and wrote it in 10 minutes. That’s how some songs are delivered, fully formed, and you must write them when they come. For the first time in my womanhood, I felt powerless, because the man who was supposed to rule our country made some very shocking and hurtful comments about women. It reminded me of all the times I, or someone close to me, had been harassed, sexually abused, cat-called, or body shamed. The song is intended to empower, and to conquer our demons. It is a statement, not a plea or a question. We ARE more than bodies. We are strong, intelligent, capable humans, with our own opinions and thoughts. It’s a song that I desperately needed as a reminder, and a song that I hope serves as a reminder to women who feel powerless.” – Courtney Marie Andrews