When Amanda Shires' husband Jason Isbell sang the lyric, "Mama's trying to change that Nashville sound," he wasn't joking. It’s been a jam-packed year for Shires. Since the release of her 2018 critically hailed "To The Sunset" and 2016's "My Piece of Land," she formed the groundbreaking supergroup, The Highwomen with Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby. Shires has a constant touring schedule with her 2 bands and as a member of husband Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit. finishing her MFA; and winning the Americana Association’s 2017 Emerging Artist award.
Shires is renowned for her carefully crafted songs. Her influences include Leonard Cohen and John Prine, the latter of whom has been a mentor. “I was talking to John Prine while I was writing this [To The Sunset] record,” says Shires, “and he was talking about how using images that actually happened to you makes the songs true. Also, if you use images that you can see daily, it’s more relatable.” Shires took his advice in such tracks as “Break Out the Champagne.” “It’s all true!” says the resilient Shires. The near-plane crash over Newfoundland, her BFF Kelly’s fears about our apocalyptic times, another friend’s heavy breakup.
To The Sunset, says Shires, “is meant to be a positive thing. Acknowledging your past, and at sunset, your hope for a new day. ‘To The Sunset’ sounds like a toast: This day is over, we don’t know what’s in the future, but it’s hopeful, I think.” Shires has drawn from her own past on To The Sunset – and pointed the way to her future. She has set the bar high – sonically and lyrically – and she’s jumped over it.
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Amanda Shires' Atmosphereless Tour
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The State Room
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