Amanda Shires

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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7:30 pm CST
coffee, tea, and desserts
spellbinding songwriter and violinist

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Amanda Shires doesn’t shy away from the dark. Instead, she fearlessly and beautifully explores it in her songwriting, finding comfort in the universal emotions we all feel, and the universal discoveries we make when we come out of the darkness and into the light. At 31, she writes her own tunes. She reads lots of books. She expresses strong opinions. 

At age 15, Shires was already traveling with Western swing royalty The Texas Playboys, each of whom could've been her grandfather. In college, she was invited to join the avant-country band Thrift Store Cowboys. Then she did some gigging with hardcore troubadour Billy Joe Shaver, and after moving to Nashville, played with Rod Picott, Justin Townes Earle, Todd Snider and Jason Isbell. 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 in the film Country Strong and released the album Carrying Lightning. In 2013, Shires released her fifth full-length album, Down Fell the Doves. Shires and Isbell were married in 2013. 

Shires 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. She's got a track on “The Country Way,” a digital sampler from American Songwriter.

And when she picks up her fiddle, something truly magical happens. From the spare, “Look Like A Bird,” and the radio-friendly heartbreaker “Devastate,” you’re instantly drawn into her world on her latest album, Down Fell the Doves, produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, Drive-By Truckers) and released in August on Lightning Rod Records.

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