Justin Townes Earle says Amanda Shires, “has the spirit of Spade Cooley. With a voice that whispers Dolly and lyrics that scream Faulkner, this girl shines like a diamond but she’s pure Pearl.” High praise also comes from NPR, Spin, American Songwriter, Daytrotter, and more for the Lubbock-born gem’s latest album, Carrying Lightning, released in May. From playing fiddle in the Texas Playboys at the precocious age of 15 to accompanying Jason Isbell on his latest album Here We Rest, as well as co-founding the band Thrift Store Cowboys, it’s her own songwriting that’s blossomed over the years — releasing the stunning West Cross Timbers in 2009.
Averaging 120-160 dates a year, Shires is not slowing down. Currently, when she’s not headlining her own shows she’s touring with Earle, singing harmony and playing in his band, or performing impromptu dates with Isbell. She continues to produce a slew of music videos including the paper-doll animated “Ghostbird,” the sultry “Sloe Gin,” and “Detroit and Buffalo,” recently filmed by Director Tim Harmon