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Courtney Marie Andrews @ Crescent Ballroom

Courtney Marie Andrews has been a Phoenix institution seemingly forever — she was on our cover three years ago — but she won't turn 23 until November. In the five years since her debut release, Urban Myths, she's toured and recorded with fellow institution Jimmy Eat World, continued to release music at a precocious pace, and moved out from under those Phoenix-institutional expectations entirely. Now based in Seattle, she returned to Modified Arts in April for the release of her new album, On My Page. She'll make her second trip back since then on June 24, when she plays a free show at Crescent Ballroom. On My Page is the most explicitly country-sounding album she's released yet, and the pedal steel guitar and warm piano sounds mix naturally with her full voice from its first track, "Woman of Many Colors." Andrews has been around so long that it's easy to look backward at her career already; she's released more albums and played more shows here in the Valley than most artists will manage before 30. But On My Page offers an exciting glimpse into what the future holds, and a reminder of just how much future there is.

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Dan Moore