Tag Archives: Amanda Shires

Sep
7

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Hall of Fangirl – September 2015 [covers edition]

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Taking a step away from our usual habit of spotlighting songwriters in this monthly feature, I thought I would showcase some recent badass covers for September’s edition. Largely focusing on country and Americana artists covering some classic songs, I hope this provides a great soundtrack to your Monday and beyond! Thanks to a number of friends and Twitter followers for some of these selections.

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Jul
29

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Jason Isbell Opens Up To Elizabeth Cook On Writing, Parenting, ‘Something More Than Free’ & ‘The Jason & Amanda Diaper Fund’

“You’ve got a house and shit….You’re adults now!” Elizabeth Cook exclaimed to Jason Isbell before asking him a question. “Are you growing up?”

Cook was putting it to Isbell who brought his 400 Unit and his pregnant wife Amanda Shires to the SiriusXM Outlaw Country studios above the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The celebration of Isbell’s new release Something More Than Free was an appeal to listeners to support the record and what only the inimitable Cook could describe as the “Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires Diaper Fund.”

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Apr
25

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Lee Ann Womack/Amanda Shires @ City Winery, New York City | April 20, 2015 – Review

<> at City Winery on April 20, 2015 in New York City.

Standing quietly on stage in a simple black dress, Amanda Shires casually opened her mouth and softly began one of the most beautiful sets I’ve ever experienced. As the first tones of her opening song, “Kudzu,” fell from her lips, the sold-out City Winery crowd clung silently to every acoustic sentence Shires formed. With this one gentle gesture, she has silenced the city that never sleeps.

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Feb
18

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Jason and Amanda Isbell’s Digital Picture Postcard – Single Review

Last September at the Americana Music Awards, Jason Isbell made sure to acknowledge it was Hank Williams’ birthday and then went on to accept the first of three awards for Best Song (later followed by Best Album and Artist of the Year.) He also shared that “Cover Me Up,” which he wrote for wife Amanda Shires, was probably the hardest song he’d ever written.

“I wrote it for her then had to sit down and play it for her. it was very difficult,” said the singer whose grappling with sobriety framed “Southeastern.”

“Do the things that scare you,” he said, leaving the stage.

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Sep
17

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The Traveling Isbells: Jason & Amanda’s Excellent Adventure

Christaan Felber for The New York Times

Christaan Felber for The New York Times

It’s Sunday night at the BBC and Bob Harris wants to talk about Lubbock, Texas.

“You can’t imagine country music almost coming from anywhere else,” he posits to guest Amanda Shires. “The whole tradition of country music grew up in Texas swing.”

Sitting in the studio is Lubbock, Texas native Shires who has brought her husband Jason Isbell and double-bassist Stephanie Dickinson. Isbell is up for three Americana Music Association Awards: Album of The Year (“Southeastern”), Song of The Year (“Cover Me Up) and Artist of The Year. But tonight he is a sideman for his wife, just as he was on Shires’ compelling and continuously intriguing third album “Down Fell The Doves.”

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