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“Shires is a damn talented and idiosyncratic song-writer…She is a fiddling maestro. At times her energetic, jittery vocals and eccentric lyrical subjects mark her out as a young female heir to the godfather of strange, Mr. Tom Waits. In her more conventional moments Shires sounds like the weird young niece of Dolly Parton.”
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- To Jason Isbell fans, she’s the fiancée -- the talented fiddler, singing harmonies and cracking jokes, standing by her man at his concerts. But Amanda Shires has a career all her own, and a catalogue of Americana records to prove it.
Shires, a Lubbock native, was named artist of the year for 2012 by Texas Music magazine. She appeared in the 2010 movie “Country Strong,” as a member of Gwyneth Paltrow’s backing band.
Amanda Shires is an American singer and violin player. She has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, in a duo with Rod Picott, and has released four solo albums.
Amanda Shires writes songs so rich in imagery and poetic lyricism, her work could easily be considered a torch-bearer for folks like Leonard Cohen and Iris DeMent (she dedicates a song on Down Fell the Doves to a fantasy about the former). Fans of fellow literary-minded Generation Y singer-songwriters like Anais Mitchell, Samantha Crain, and Shires' husband Jason Isbell would be interested in Amanda Shires' approach to narrative songwriting..
In addition to working closely with Rod Picott and touring at length with Earle, Amanda Shires has leant her remarkable talent to the work of Todd Snider and her husband Jason Isbell's band the 400 Unit. She and Isbell began dating in 2011 and married in early 2013. Throughout their courtship, they challenged each other to song writing contests and both garnered enough material from the challenge to put together what have been two of the finest albums of 2013 thus far.
Americana UK Amanda Shires is someone you simply can’t ignore and she’s back here in 2014 to support her extraordinary new album ‘Down Fell The Doves’. She has toured here with Rod Picott in the past but Amanda, voted Texas ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2011, now headlines tours in her own right and, boy, does she put on a show.