Courtney Barnett

For the second time in The Sup’ – and for The First Time at Golden Plains.

Does this even need explaining? What a year Courtney has had. We’re so happy to have her back. Meredith was about the last time we saw her in her homeland. Her international adventures have been astonishing. She cites Sup’ alumni like Daz Hanlon and Dan Kelly as inspirational, and you can hear that – they all nail the difficult narrativesongwriting style.

I’d like to say ‘from humble beginnings’ but even with all the success, Courtney and her songs still seem kinda ‘humble’, like friends. But ‘History Eraser’, ‘Avant Gardener’ are bona fide modern Oz classics and have also worn out a groove in listeners’ ears all over the world.

“We caught the river boat downstream and ended up beside a team of angry footballers.
I fed the ducks some krill then we were sucked against our will into the welcome doors of the casino.
We drank green margaritas, danced with sweet senoritas, and we all went home as winners of a kind.
You said “I guarantee we’ll have more fun, drink till the moon becomes the sun, and in the taxi home I’ll sing you a Triffids song!”

Her band The Courtney Barnetts (Bones Sloane, Dave Mudie and Dan Luscombe) are on fire right now. That does happen when you tour non-stop for a year. Courtney is one of most unique guitarists going round too – a goofy-footer with an odd pick-less strum.

Her writing is Dylanesque in the most unpretentious way; just that long, sprawling train of clever, interesting words over loose-fitting rock n roll. “Some of the best lyric-writing in music today” – NPR.

“I masturbated to the songs you wrote
Resuscitated all of my hopes
It felt wrong but it didn’t take too long
Much appreciated are your songs.

Doesn’t mean I like you man
It just helps me get to sleep
And it’s cheaper than Temazepam.”

She’s just so cool.

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