Walking into the venue on this warm summer night, my first impression of it was that it smelled a bit like a sewer. But perhaps it was a faint ghost of the stench it must have posessed back in the days when this was a brewery…I’ve visited functioning breweries and they smell worse than any sewer! A Swedish band whose name I didn’t catch opened for Courtney with songs of the Americana kind; pretty good but not good enough for me to google their name… Courtney Marie Andrews looks incredibly young to possess such a powerful voice and such mature songwriting gifts, and along with her equally young band members they look like a bunch of hipsters that met in a juice bar and decided to form a band. So when, after the excellent opening track of “How Quickly Your Heart Mends”, Courtney announces the next track with the line “this is a song about the gentrification of American cities”, we all giggle. But it’s easy to forget the hipster haircuts, beards and hats of “Joe and the Juice” (the name I give the band in my mind as they step onto the stage) » Continue Reading.