Courtney Leigh Heins releases outstanding “Bright Blue World”

By Dave Carew

Singer-songwriter Courtney Leigh Heins—who has performed everywhere from The Bluebird Café in Nashville to the SXSW Festival in Austin to the Viper Room in Los Angeles—offers her listeners an engaging musical gumbo that includes everything from Americana to country to folk to bluegrass to pop.

Courtney’s just-released album, Bright Blue World, recently crossed my desk, and I’m very, very glad it did. In 10 beautifully heartfelt, lovingly-chiseled songs, the album explores a heart landscape that will resonate with nearly every listener. From the poignant “Fear” to the bitter-sweet nostalgia of “Good Times” to the child-like joy of “Bright Blue World,” this album takes you on a soul-journey you will not soon forget, and that surely will enrich your own.

Because we were so impressed with this record, we requested a brief interview with Courtney Leigh Heins so she could elaborate on her album’s creation. Here’s how our conversation went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you create this particular record at this particular time?

COURTNEY LEIGH HEINS:  I’ve been in writing mode over the past year and a half, and I knew I was ready to start recording again. I love the recording process, and I was lucky enough to find two very different producers to agree to work with me on this album. Jordan Higgins’ style is very mainstream, pop and radio-ready, and Bryan Dobbs offers a rootsy, homespun, organic vibe. I find both styles appealing, and they allowed me to exhibit different aspects of myself, as well as showcase the songs.

UN: How do you hope your friends and fans will be enriched by this record?

CLH: To me this record is a nostalgic piece. I found myself drawing a lot on my childhood in the Midwest, with my family as well as my current hopes and fears. My greatest hope is that these songs will resonate with my audience in some way. During a songwriting workshop with Judy Stakee last summer, I wasn’t sure why everything I was writing was about looking back. She offered that writing about the past or waxing nostalgic often means one is letting go. So with that, I let go, trusted the process, and four months later the album was finished.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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