LeftyGuitarist Artist Spotlight - Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett – LeftyGuitarist Spotlight + Tour Dates 2022

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April 9, 2022

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Last Updated on July 29, 2022 by Chris

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Courtney Barnett is an Australian lefty indie/alternative singer-songwriter from Sydney, New South Wales, who’s been making music since 2009.

Known for her witty, humorous lyrics, and deadpan delivery, Courtney Barnett has become one of the most distinctive and original artists in indie/alternative rock.

Twelve years on, in 2021, she released the video of her song If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight, taken from her album Things Take Time, Take Time.

Read on to find out more about Courtney Barnett!

Who Is Courtney Barnett?

Courtney Barnett playing live with a left handed Fender Telecaster.
Photo credit: courtneybarnett.live

Courtney Melba Barnett was born November 3, 1987, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Her parents gave her her middle name Melba after the Victorian-era soprano opera singer Nellie Melba, also from Australia.

As with many guitar players, the first song she learned on guitar was Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, which her dad taught her.

She grew up listening to artists and bands like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, and Jeff Buckley but it was Aussie singer-songwriters Darren Hanlon and Dan Kelly who inspired Barnett to write her own songs. She’d write poetry in her notebooks, and later put them to music.

In 2012, Barnett and fellow Aussie musician Jen Cloher founded their own record label Milk! Records.

After playing in various bands and playing guitar for other artists, including Cloher, Barnett released her first EP in 2013.

Later that year, Barnett recorded her second EP, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose, and released it combined with her first EP as The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. This release gained critical acclaim, with the record and songs gaining plaudits from the likes of Q Magazine and Pitchfork.

By March 2015, Barnett released her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. In her home country, it was released on Milk! Records.

The album proved popular with the music press, gaining many positive reviews, and after this release, Barnett embarked on tours in the UK, Europe, America, and Australasia to promote it.

The same year, she was nominated for eight awards at the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Music Awards, and picked up four; Breakthrough Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release, and Best Cover Art.

At the end of the year, she was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys.

Courtney Barnett playing a left handed Fender Jaguar, live at Rough Trade NYC, NY
Photo credit: courtneybarnett.live

Over the next few years, Barnett released more albums; she collaborated with Kurt Vile (The War on Drugs) releasing the album Lotta Sea Lice in 2017, followed by her next solo album Tell Me How You Really Feel in 2018, and in November 2021, her third studio album, Things Take Time, Take Time.

Anonymous Club Official Trailer

In March 2022, a documentary about Barnett, titled Anonymous Club, which was shot over three years, following Barnett’s “ups and downs both artistically and personally”, had several screenings, including one at the SxSW 2022 Film Festival, Austin, TX.

What Guitars Does Courtney Barnett Play?

Courtney Barnett playing a red left handed Fender Jaguar, live at Newport Folk Festival, Newport.
Photo credit: courtneybarnett.live

Barnett is generally known for playing left handed Fender guitars. Over the years, she’s been seen playing several Fender guitars, including Telecasters, Stratocasters, Jaguars, and in her video for If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight, a Jagstang.

She’s also been known to play a Taylor Baby Mahogany and a Maton EMD-12 string for acoustic performances.

Other non-Fender guitars Barnett has played include a Harmony H59 Rocket Semi-Hollow and an Eastwood Airline Map DLX.

Barnett uses Ernie Ball strings.

Amps-wise, Barnett generally favors the Fender Hot Rod DeVille, Fender Twin, or Fender Deluxe.

Does Courtney Barnett use a pick?

Courtney Barnett developed her playing style (she doesn’t use a pick) by playing acoustically live. As she didn’t like the sound of a guitar pick on acoustic guitar, she opted to use her fingers and developed her unique fingerstyle technique from there.

When asked if she used picks by Premier Guitar in 2015, she replied:

“No. When I started doing gigs I was doing acoustic songwriter shows. I hated the sound of picks on acoustic guitar, so I never used them—I just developed whatever I do now.”

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Is Courtney Barnett Left Handed?

Courtney Barnett playing an upside-down right handed purple Fender Precision bass guitar.
Photo credit: courtneybarnett.live

Yes! Barnett plays left handed, usually playing a left handed guitar in standard tuning. She has, on occasion, played upside-down, right handed guitars but mainly plays lefties.

At times, Barnett would play upside-down right handed guitars, but now pretty much always plays left handed ones.

On Tour 2022

At the time of writing, Courtney Barnett will be on tour in 2022. Check out when and where below:

Australia

Apr 23 – STORYLAND, Screenwave International Film Festival, Park Beach Reserve,
Coffs Harbour, NSW – Buy TicketsPOSTPONED (Date TBA)

Nov 25 – Hanging Rock (with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis), Macedon Ranges, VIC – Buy Tickets

Nov 26 – Hanging Rock (with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis), Macedon Ranges, VIC – SOLD OUT

Event Tickets Center – Get 10% off when spending $150 or more with code: save10forspring.

USA

Jul 29 – Brown’s Island (with Lucy Dacus), Richmond, VA – Buy Tickets: SeatGeek

Aug 08 – Here and There Festival, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 09 – Here and There Festival, The Factory – Chesterfield, Chesterfield, MO – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 10 – Here and There Festival, Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 12 – Here and There Festival, XL Live, Harrisburg, PA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 13 – Here and There Festival, Mass MoCa, North Adams, MA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 14 – Here and There Festival, Beak & Skiff Apple Hill Campus, La Fayette, NY – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 16 – Here and There Festival, The Salt Shed – Chicago, Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 20 – Here and There Festival, McMenamins Historic Edgefield Amphitheater, Troutdale, OR – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 21 – Here and There Festival, Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 26 – Frost Amphitheater, Stanford, CA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 27 – This Ain’t No Picnic Music Festival, Brookside at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA – Buy Tickets

Aug 28 – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay, San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center, SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Aug 31 – The Factory in Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 01 – ACL Live At The Moody Theater, Austin, TX – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center, SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 03 – The Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 06 – The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 07 – Iron City, Birmingham, AL – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 09 – The Norva, Norfolk, VA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 10 – Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 12 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 13 – Asbury Hall at Babeville, Buffalo, NY – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 16 – Bourbon & Beyond Festival, Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center (4-Day Pass / Friday), SelectATicket.com (4-Day Pass / Friday), SeatGeek (4-Day Pass / Friday)

Sep 17 – The Big Climate Thing, Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, NY – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center (3-Day Pass / Saturday), SelectATicket.com (3-Day Pass / Saturday), SeatGeek (3-Day Pass / Saturday)

Sep 17-18 – Sea.Hear.Now Festival, Asbury Park Oceanfront, Asbury Park, NJ – Buy Tickets: SeatGeek – (2 Day Pass / Sunday)

Event Tickets Center – Get 10% off when spending $150 or more with code: save10forspring.

Canada

Aug 23 – Here and There Festival, Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, Vancouver, BC – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com / SeatGeek

Sep 14 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets: Event Tickets Center / SelectATicket.com

Europe

Nov 09 – Le Trianon, Paris, France – Buy Tickets

Nov 11 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England – Buy Tickets

Nov 12 – Brighton Dome, Brighton, England – Buy Tickets

For more info on Courtney Barnett, visit the Official Website.
Image credits: courtneybarnett.com.au, courtneybarnett.live

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