MP3: Track From New Amanda Shires Album

Amanda Shires

LP is due in August and it is a devastating set of tunes.

 By Blurt Staff

 Amanda Shires stormed the critical and public approval charts in 2011 with Carrying Lightning, and her next album is about to drop, Down Fell The Doves, on August 6 release via Lightning Rod Records. The album’s 11 original songs feature Shires’ voice and fiddle, not to mention hubby Jason Isbell’s guitars. You can check out new track “Devastate” right here:


 The album was produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, REM) and recorded at his Chase Park Transduction studio in Athens, GA. Among the key tracks: “Bulletproof” ponders invincibility with the help of a Siberian tiger claw. “Wasted and Rollin'” casts a deep, impressionistic fog. For “Deep Dark Below” Shires’ attention shifts to the underworld, where the devil plays fiddle with a bow made of bones. “Song for Leonard Cohen” has a softer touch, imagining a drunken evening stroll with the master songwriter.

Now based in Nashville, Shires began playing fiddle at age ten in Texas. By 15, she had joined the Texas Playboys, former backing band of western swing pioneer Bob Wills. More recently she has toured and recorded with Shovels & Rope, Snider and Justin Townes Earle. She’s also a featured player on Jason Isbell’s new album, Southeastern, that is released next week (and is featured at BLURT, incidentally).



1. Look Like A Bird
2. Devastate
3. Bulletproof
4. Box Cutters
5. Deep Dark Below
6. Wasted And Rollin’
7. If I
8. Stay
9. Drop And Lift
10. A Song For Leonard Cohen
11. The Garden Song

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