Last night saw 100 of Courtney Barnett’s biggest fans come together to witness an intimate performance from their favourite musician, with an exclusive fan Q&A taking place between songs.
As you would probably be aware, Courtney Barnett is getting set to release her second solo album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, in just over a month. The follow-up to 2015’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit and 2017’s Kurt Vile collaboration Lotta Sea Lice, Courtney Barnett treated fans to a special performance which saw her play a few old favourites and a few new classics in front of a dedicated crowd.
Featuring MC duties by Loose Tooth’s Nellie Jackson, the evening saw Courtney Barnett’s most dedicated Spotify streamers from Victoria pile into Richmond’s Bakehouse Studios to witness this rare solo performance.
With Courtney taking to the stage, armed only with her trusty Fender guitar, her affable performance style saw her sound almost as though she was backed by full band, with the entirety of the venue enveloped by her huge, yet casual and personal sound.
Following performances of ‘Depreston’ and ‘Dead Fox’, Courtney and Nellie sat down to discuss questions asked by the audience ahead of time. This Q&A saw Courtney open up in regards to her songwriting process, discussing what it was like to collaborate with Kurt Vile, playing guitar, and what it’s like to be the driving force behind one of Australia’s most successful indie record labels, Milk! Records.
Following another brief set which featured the debut live performances of ‘Sunday Roast’ and ‘Need A Little Time,’ the audience was treated to another Q&A, before the brief evening wrapped up with a heartfelt rendition of ‘Ode To Odetta,’ the closing track from Courtney’s debut 2012 EP, I’ve Got A Friend Named Emily Ferris.
If this intimate, highly-personal performance is anything to go by, Aussie music fans will be in for a treat when Courtney’s new album drops in just over a month. With her trademark down-to-earth lyrics sensibilities on show and her endearing performance style as apparent as ever, it’s clear that Courtney Barnett is about to knock it out of the park once again with this new record.
Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel is set for release on May 18th.
Check out fan footage of last night’s performance:
Courtney Barnett @ Spotify’s Fans First Session 12/4/18 Setlist
‘Need A Little Time’
‘Ode To Odetta’