Courtney Marie Andrews to play her only Northern UK tour date in Pocklington

Americana Music Award nominee Courtney Marie Andrews will perform at Pocklington Arts Centre later this year as the venue hosts her only Northern UK tour date of 2018.

Andrews’ latest album, May Your Kindness Remain, is attracting rave reviews nationally and internationally, with The Guardian newspaper describing it as ‘timeless’ while the Financial Times has called it ‘one of the year’s best albums’.

And on Friday 7 December Andrews is sure to delight audiences when she performs live at PAC as part of a UK, European and US tour.

Janet Farmer, PAC director said: “We are so excited to be bringing Courtney Marie Andrews to Pocklington, and the fact that this will be her only Northern show as part of her tour makes it extra special.

“Andrews is a real talent. We were lucky enough to see her perform a fantastic showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March so this will be a really special show.”

Since leaving her hometown of Arizona at the age the age of 16, Andrews has been touring relentlessly, taking in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

It is a life that inspired much of her 2017 breakthrough album, Honest Life. While that album’s themes spoke to the isolation and rootlessness inherent in a life on the road, most of its songs were actually written during an intentional, extended break.

But the success that followed its release did not afford her the same break to write the material for her new album.

Although May Your Kindness Remain was predominately written on the road — in the van, in hotels, and in the homes of family and friends — it is not a road record like its predecessor.

It is not so much inspired by her life on the road, so much as it is by the people she has met along the way.

Andrews said: “More than anything it got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family. It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues.”

May Your Kindness Remain is full of vivid depictions of complex people and places with all too common struggles, with much of the album dealing with the psychological and relational impact of the unrealistic picture of success that is so embedded in modern American culture.

“People are constantly chasing that bigger life. A lot of people are poor in America, and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or sad, or depressed or unfulfilled,” Andrews said.

“A lot of people, myself included at some point in my life, are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.”

“Mental illness is a taboo in this culture, or not taken seriously. I’ve grown up around it a lot, and sort of feel like I understand it from all sides,” she added.

Andrews and her band enlisted the talents of producer Mark Howard, who has worked with the likes of Lucinda Williams and Bob Dylan for this latest album which was recorded in LA.

Courtney Marie Andrews will play PAC at 8pm on Friday 7 December. Tickets cost £17 each and are available from the Box Office on 01759 301547 or online at www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk