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Amanda Shires
American singer-songwriter

Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires
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Intro American singer-songwriter
Is Musician Violinist Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender female
Birth 5 March 1982
Age 41 years
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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.

Early life

Following her parents' divorce, Shires' childhood was divided between the Texas cities of Lubbock and Mineral Wells. She acquired her first violin at the age of ten from a pawn shop in Mineral Wells. At the age of 15 she joined the Texas Playboys, the former backing band for Western swing legend Bob Wills. She is distantly related to noted photographer Erica Shires, who produced the video for the song "Swimmer".

Musical career

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, Chris Isaak, Thrift Store Cowboys, Todd Snider, and Justin Townes Earle.

Personal life

Shires began dating fellow musician Jason Isbell in 2011. The couple married on February 23, 2013 and had their first child, Mercy Rose, on September 1, 2015.

Awards and citations

The song "When you Need a Train It Never Comes" from Carrying Lightning was ranked the fifth best song of 2011 by American Songwriter.

Appearances in other media

In 2011 she appeared in the movie Country Strong as one of the musicians backing singer Kelly Canter, played by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Musical style

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.


  • Being Brave (2005)
  • West Cross Timbers (2009)
  • Sew Your Heart With Wires (2009, with Rod Picott)
  • Carrying Lightning (2011)
  • Down Fell The Doves (2013)
  • My Piece of Land (2016)
Other appearances
  • Sweeten the Distance (2011) - Neal Casal
  • Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now - Justin Townes Earle
  • Light Fighter (songwriter/lead vocal on "Scary Weeds", "Lean into the Sway"); Lay Low While Crawling or Creeping (songwriter/lead vocal on "Sidewalk Song", "Understudy"); The Great American Desert; Nowhere with You - Thrift Store Cowboys
  • Something More Than Free; Southeastern; Here We Rest - Jason Isbell
  • Welding Burns - Rod Picott
  • Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables - Todd Snider
  • Oh Be Joyful - Shovels & Rope
  • Mutt - Cory Branan
  • Burn. Flicker. Die. - American Aquarium
  • I Can't Love You Any Less,High Cotton: Tribute to Alabama (2013)

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