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Though primarily known as a fiddle player for a variety of roots-rock and groups, Amanda Shires has been slowly amassing a catalog of stellar solo albums that declare she's a first-rate talent on her own. Marrying fellow singer/songwriter Jason Isbell inspired both of them to jack up their writing games, each completing a song a day. The results have included Isbell’s impressive 2013 release Southeastern and Shires’ equally stunning 2013 release Down Fell the Doves. With producer Andy LeMaster (R.E.M., Bright Eyes) keeping the arrangements in sharp austerity and Isbell throwing some dirty guitar on top of Jimbo Hart’s bass and Chad Gamble’s drums, Shires was free to sing without distraction. Her performances on the suicide-cataloging ways of “Boxcutters,” the steadily pulse-raising soul-stealing swamp ballad “Deep Dark Below,” and the thick electric guitar workout “Wasted and Rollin’” are the equal to a quieter tribute to her hero, “A Song for Leonard Cohen.”

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Wow 😳

So I don't know much about Amanda Shires and this is the first time I've ever heard her work, yet I do have to say I'm impressed. She's got a very sweet voice with a nice twang, but not enough of one to make it obnoxious. The standout songs to me were Box Cutters, Deep Dark Below, If I, Stay, and The Garden Song. These are all sadder songs but theres so much beauty in the lyrics and melodies and it's truly amazing. I'd recommend Amanda to anyone looking for some well written music with a kind of chill vibe. Give it a chance, there's nothing to lose. 😘😘😘😘

really good!

been a fan since "west cross timbers" album,(which is very good!) so glad to see her with a new one. i love all the songs and especially her voice…wonderful lyrics and good engineering. plus, she is so cute! check the video of her singing with her husband (jason isbell) on letterman a week ago. glad for this album, keep it up!


Another great album from Amanda Shires. Her songwriting talents seem to grow in leaps and bounds from one album to the next. This album is loaded with great songs, especially "Bulletproof," probably my favorite song of the year.


Born: March 5, 1982 in Lubbock, TX

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Texas-born violinist and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires makes heartfelt country- and folk-influenced music as both a solo artist and as member of her husband Jason Isbell's band the 400 Unit . A native of Lubbock, Texas, Shires began playing violin around age 10, and by her teens was performing with former Bob Wills backing ensemble the Texas Playboys. She released her debut solo album, Being Brave, in 2005. After relocating to Nashville, Shires returned with both West Cross Timbers and Sew Your...
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