Google Play Free Song of The Day 10/17/2013

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Amanda Shires


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Amanda Shires

About the artist

Amanda Shires (born March 5, 1982) 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.

Shires released her first solo album, the mostly instrumental Being Brave, in 2005. Four years later, having relocated to Nashville, she released West Cross Timbers and in the same year released Sew Your Heart with Wires, a collaboration with Rod Picott. Her next solo album, Carrying Lightning was released in 2011, followed by Down Fell The Doves in August 2013.

Since 2006 she has toured extensively with Picott. Additionally, she has performed and recorded with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Devotchka, Todd Snider, and Justin Townes Earle. The song “When you Need a Train It Never Comes” from Carrying Lightning was ranked the fifth best song of 2011 by American Songwriter. In 2011 she appeared in the movie Country Strong as one of the musicians backing singer Kelly Canter, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. David Menconi of the magazine Spin said that Shires “sings […] like an earthbound Emmylou Harris”, and her vocals have been likened to those of Dolly Parton.  The imagery in her songwriting has been compared to that of Tom Waits.  Although her principal instrument is the violin, she also plays the ukulele.


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