11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though primarily known as a fiddle player for a variety of roots-rock and alt.country 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 alt.country 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.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though primarily known as a fiddle player for a variety of roots-rock and alt.country 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 alt.country 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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About Amanda Shires

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 Heart with Wires. In 2011, she appeared as a musician in the film Country Strong and released another LP, Carrying Lightning. Her fifth full-length album, Down Fell the Doves, arrived in 2013, the same year she and Isbell were married. They welcomed their first child in 2015.

Shires made her Billboard debut with 2016's My Piece of Land, which landed on the rock, Americana, and independent albums charts. ~ Matt Collar

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