The Drop: Courtney Barnett

“Take your broken heart, turn it into art.” This urgent and empathetic encouragement—attributed to the late Carrie Fisher—appears in the opening moments of ‘Hopefulness,’ the first track on Courtney Barnett’s second record, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Not unlike Nora Ephron’s reminder to writers that “everything is copy”—that every experience, emotion, betrayal and weird feeling they can’t quite grab hold of has the potential to become material in their work someday—this mantra forms a kind of mission statement for Barnett: take your vulnerabilities and everything that scares you and twist them until they fit into someone else’s hands. 

The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter’s debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, released in 2015, was a remarkable critical success and reached number 3 in Australia and number 20 in the United States, helping her receive a GRAMMY Nomination for Best New Artist at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. Tell Me How You Really Feel ups the ante with some of the best guitar-work laid to record these last few years combined with Barnett's extraordinary ability with the English language. 

Please join us in welcoming Courtney Barnett to the GRAMMY Museum to celebrate her latest album with an intimate performance and conversation, hosted by GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman.