Courtney Robb
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Courtney Robb

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""Unarmed" CD Review"

When Courtney Robb played to a small but appreciative audience at SCALA on 15th November 2008 I was impressed by how much the gig mattered to her... she related that SCALA was a favourite venue to play because she knew the audience would be listening attentively. And listen attentively we did. We were enthralled! I was unable to leave without purchasing a CD at the door.

Pleased to be able to add to my Courtney Robb collection... it was with some anticipation that I put it on in the car for the journey home. It was all there! That voice. Those songs. The feeling of being intimately engaged.

Courtney's canvas is her own life and relationships. Not just love itself, but her own observations about how the big themes affect her domestic situation. Hence the need for honesty which Courtney states is really important to her lyric writing. Also the sense of intimacy and warmth that these songs evoke. You really do get a sense that you have been invited to join the conversation.
Whether it be in a noisy crowded pub... or the poilte gentility of the Burnside Library on a Sunday afternoon, I have watched Courtney command attention with her stage presence, mesmerizing voice, and heartfelt lyrics.

Rumour has it that Courtney is hoping to record another CD sometime in 2009. I look forward to hearing more from this brilliant writer and performer. Meanwhile, I recommend that you find and listen to a copy of Unarmed. Amd next time she plays... I urge you to come along and have a listen.

Copyright © Adrien Miller 2008 - Scala News


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Although Courtney was singing at a young age, she stumbled upon her passion for music much later than most, beginning to play guitar and write songs at the age of 19. “I grew up listening to an eclectic mix, anything from Bob Dylan to Elton John to Ani Difranco, I always just loved music”. After moving around country NSW for most of her early life and finally settling in Adelaide, she began to perform just 3 years later in 2003. With the release of her self titled EP in 2004, Courtney's reputation began to solidify with support from community radio and an steadily increasing following.

At the end of 2006, Courtney completed work on her debut album, 'Unarmed'. Enlisting the help of some of Adelaide's finest to craft asubtleyet solid debut. “The name for this album stands for the way I try to approach my life, not holding upweapons to attack or shields to defend, but simply leaving myself open (and sometimes vulnerable) to new experiences and adventures”. Several tracks from this album continue to receive airplay on Nova 91.9fm as well as community radio stations in Adelaide and is available to purchase at Courtney’s live shows, through her website and digitally through iTunes.

Following this release, she set off around the country, guitar in hand. From Western and Central Australia to regional Victoria, Courtney continued to gain fans wherever she set foot. Choosing to immerse herself in the culture of some of the most remote towns in Australia as wellas the capital cities was a huge source of inspiration for her song writing and something which she is keen to experience again. Recently Courtney found herself on the bill for Red Desert Live08 in Broken Hill, performing alongside Australian blues & roots greats Jeff Lang and Blue King Brown as well as rising country music stars The McClymonts.

For now Courtney settles happily back in Adelaide, one of the places where she truly feels at home. Connecting with her audience the only way sheknows how, through intensely personal music and through a steady stream of heartfelt performances. And with talk of gathering a band for her live shows as well as a much anticipated new recording, 2009 is set to be a busy and exciting year for this unique artist.