I guess there’s a lot of wrecking and ruination,” says Amanda Shires, the singer-songwriter from Lubbock, Texas, whose new album, Down Fell the Doves, comes out on August 6.
“When I was writing these songs, I broke a fiddle on stage and broke my finger in three spots and was fresh out of a breakup.” Shortly after that breakup, however, Shires began dating fellow musician Jason Isbell.
Many of the songs from her latest album, "My Piece of Land," were written while Shires was pregnant. "A lot of my thoughts were about the kind of childhood my daughter would have, what it meant to have a family and tour and travel," she told contributor Mara Davis backstage at Terminal West before a recent Atlanta show.
And she sings about more than just death and destruction.
“Wasted and Rollin’” is a countrified ode to carryin' on that could have anchored a mid-seventies Loretta Lynn album.
Amanda Shires (born March 5, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter 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.
Take a first listen to "Wasted and Rollin'" here, and look out for Down Fell the Doves early next month.
Amanda Shires' story sounds like an old country song, with a childhood divided between parents in Lubbock and Mineral Wells, Texas.she released West Cross Timbers and in the same year released Sew Your Heart with Wires, a collaboration with Rod Picott.The two were engaged by the time Isbell went into the studio earlier this year to record his most recent solo album.Newly sober and madly in love, Isbell put together what many critics have called his best work yet. Backed by her own frenetic fiddling and the rumbling notes of her husband’s guitar, Shires digs deep into her dark side with a honeyed voice and a part-time graduate student’s intellectual sensibility.She's a violinist who joined the legendary Western swing band The Texas Playboys when she was just 15 years old.More recently she played in Jason Isbell's band, The 400 Unit, before dating and eventually getting married – though that hasn't necessarily meant settling down.