Courtney Marie Andrews’ new cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America,” performed with fellow artists Liz Cooper and Molly Sarlé, is out today. Listen/share HERE. Andrews, Cooper and Sarlé originally recorded the song as a contribution to Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy Vol. 2—a special compilation album released earlier this fall with proceeds benefitting Voting Rights Lab, a non-partisan organization fighting for fair voting rights.
Of the collaboration, Andrews shares, “This song is a beautiful novella of a certain place in time that stirs our emotions. While we were all at a writer’s retreat, we decided to sing harmony on it, to bring us closer together and reminisce over that free feeling of travel and love.”
The release continues a landmark year for Andrews, whose acclaimed new record, Old Flowers, is nominated for Best Americana Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. The accolade is just the latest for Andrews, who is also nominated for two awards at the 2021 Americana Music Association UK Awards: Best International Artist and Best International Album (Old Flowers).
In celebration of these accomplishments, a special encore showing of Andrews’ recent livestream concert from The Parthenon in Nashville will be broadcast this Friday, December 18 at 6:00pm local time via Dice.fm, and will remain available to view through 6:00pm local time on Sunday, December 20. Originally recorded this past September, the show features Andrews performing Old Flowers in its entirety with accompaniment from special guests Erin Rae and Twain’s Matthew Davidson. Full details and ticket information can be found HERE.
Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief), Old Flowers was released this past summer on Fat Possum Records(stream/purchase here) and features Andrews’ most vulnerable writing to date, chronicling her journey through heartbreak, loneliness and finding herself again after it all. In celebration of the new music, Andrews performed on “CBS This Morning” as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series and was also featured in NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series. Of Andrews, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praises, “One of the shining lights of Americana music.”