With the Packers season kicking off, Packers fans and Wisconsin residents are all looking forward to seeing the team take the field in the coming weeks. This year, the excitement is spreading across the pond to British musician Barns Courtney and his band.
A Packers staff member heard the up-and-coming musician’s song “Glitter and Gold” and immediately knew it would catch on with Packers fans, especially if the song was re-recorded as “Green and Gold.”
With his recent album release and North American tour, including a stop at Summerfest in Milwaukee in June and at Lollapalooza in Chicago last weekend, Courtney was happy to lend his voice and music to the energy of the coming football season.
Fans can download the “Green and Gold” version of Courtney’s song at https://barnscourtneyshop.com/products/green-gold.
“The struggles I experienced when I lost my first record deal, and the drive to succeed in the face of adversity runs parallel to the challenges in football,” said Courtney. “You need the same fire in your belly to play professionally be it in music or in sports. If I didn't feel a personal connection to the subject matter, I wouldn't write about it. I try to be as honest as possible in my lyrics. So with that in mind, I tried to find as many parallels as possible with the Packers’ world and my own.”
Courtney’s debut album, “The Attractions Of Youth,” will be released Sept. 29.
Billboard has said, “Barns Courtney lit up the crowd at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles….His deep George Ezra-esque vocals with the husky Americana rhythm of Mumford & Sons, along with his attention-grabbing stage presence left no boring moments throughout the concert.” His shows are consistently recommended as picks of the week by such publications as buzzbands.la and The Dallas Observer, which noted, “His raspy vocals, genuine talent and nod to early R&B make his music a must-listen.” Listen SD observed, “Barns Courtney will make you swoon with his special brand of bluesy folk-pop. We love his song ‘Fire’ but frankly all of his songs are fire.”
The young artist has already surpassed 45 million combined streams globally – including more than 22 million streams in the U.S. “Hands,” from his debut EP, The Dull Drums, was tapped for a recent commercial while “Fire,” a Top 5 hit at Triple A radio and a Top 15 hit at Alternative, has been heard in several ads and for the FIFA 17 trailer. “Glitter & Gold” climbed to #1 on the Spotify UK Viral Chart and has been heard in promotional spots for Miller Lite and the critically acclaimed film The Founder. Barns Courtney has opened for The Who at London’s Wembley Stadium and has also supported Ed Sheeran, Elle King, Blur, Fitz and The Tantrums, Tom Odell and The Libertines.