The story begins when a son of a preacher man (and poet) left his stompin’ grounds in Nashville for the fancy pants city of Los Angeles to follow in the footsteps of many idols: The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, and The Flying Burrito Brothers among others. Shit wasn’t real enough for Courtney in the City of Angels, so he headed down to Austin by way of pickup and started a band with his sister, aptly named Brothers and Sisters.
Everyone (even Pitchfork!), loved them but something sat unsatisfied in the creative belly of the Tennessean. Brothers and Sisters took a break in 2010. Since then, he has traversed the country playing with bearded brethren like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show, holed up in a log cabin to write a boatload of songs, and recently finished up his first solo album, Red Rockets Glare in L.A.
The songs therein are verified Auto Tune free according to Courtney’s press release and harness the beauty of minimal arrangements. These tracks are meant to be consumed slowly and contemplated for a few. Courtney’s demo of the track “There’s No Answer” gives us goosebumps. We also figured out that it pairs beautifully with a nice glass of bourbon and a porch swing on a crisp spring night. Enjoy.