While her instrumentation levels vary on many of her songs, one thought kept creeping into my head upon listening to her intimate performances: when it comes to talent, sometimes simplicity is best. Her river version of Irene is absolutely beautiful, and I am posting her two separate versions of this song back to back so that you as the listener can compare the difference in sound and overall feel. Personally, I am almost always a fan of raw original lines - the first version only featuring herself and the guitar is truly breathtaking. No auto-tuning, no electronics, just unadulterated vocal aptitude.
Her songs are incredibly introspective, and her meaningful lyrics pull emotion out of the listener almost immediately. In her interview with Rolling Stone, she left them with a personal quote from where she gained most of her inspiration from:
"People love to talk about their deepest personal thoughts when they are intoxicated. I never intended to write based around those stories, but they really influenced me. It gave me a wider empathy for the world, and those stories are the ones that ring true in my soul more than anything." -Courtney Marie Andrews
Check out more of her music below!