After the end of a nine-year-long relationship, one that had spanned nearly her entire adult life, Courtney Marie Andrews channeled raw emotion into ten immaculate portraits of a woman grieving lost love and tentatively embracing hope on her latest album Old Flowers.

“You can choose to either press them or throw them in the trash,” says Andrews, about relationships and bouquets past their prime. Her razor sharp lyrics are spotlighted by production that frames her vulnerable lead vocal with minimal distractions.

On “It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault” she sings about the patterns that occur over generations: “Must be someone else’s heart who tainted mine / No I cannot be to blame for the story of this pain.”

“I think breaking the mold is really hard to do,” says Andrews. “We kind of live the same stories as our ancestors and we don’t even know it.”

Andrews also described taking the first steps toward being vulnerable again in writing the ballad “How You Get Hurt”. “It’s seeing that you have this connection with someone, but being afraid you can predict the ending,” she says.

Hear the full conversation with Courtney Marie Andrews in this Home Studio Session. Old Flowers is out now on Fat Possum Records.

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