Americana singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires has announced an August 3rd release date for her fifth studio album, “To The Sunset”. Shires worked with Nashville producer and Grammy winner Dave Cobb, who also produced her 2016 album “My Piece of Land”. Cobb has been involved with some of the most acclaimed album releases in recent years, working with such names as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile and Shires’ husband Jason Isbell. “To The Sunset” was recorded in Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Shires is well-known in Americana circles for her insightful lyrics and vivid imagery. Shires’ focus on storytelling is evidenced by her MFA in creative writing from Sewanee University. While Shires is certainly not a newcomer to the Americana scene, her recent successes earned her the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist award in 2017.
The upcoming album is said to take Shires’ music in a bolder, edgier direction. Shires is known for speaking her mind and is a champion for women in the male-dominated music industry. Shires received national attention when she wore a shirt emblazoned with Isbell’s lyric “Mama wants to change that Nashville sound” on the red carpet at the 2017 CMA Awards. Shires will continue to shine a light on important themes from a woman’s perspective with her new album.
Shires got her first violin at the age of 10, and has toured in bands since she was 15. She released her debut solo album in 2005. Shires has also toured and recorded as a member of Isbell’s band, The 400 Unit. Isbell joins Shires as a collaborator and guest on her upcoming album. Shires will tour with Isbell as a support act in addition to headlining her own tour in 2018.