Amanda Shires readies ‘Down Fell the Doves’ for August 6 release

Amanda Shires landed everywhere from NPR’s Tiny Desk to the Grand Ole Opry to the cover of Texas Music as their Artist Of The Year in 2011.  Now she’s back with Down Fell The Doves set for August 6 release via Lightning Rod Records.  The album’s 11 original songs feature Amanda’s sharpest writing to date, brought to life by a voice that melts, a fiddle that sears, and guitars – played for the most part by her husband, Jason Isbell – that scrape and howl.

Shires has blossomed into a truly original voice with ‘Doves,’ which was produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, REM) and recorded at his Chase Park Transduction studio in Athens, GA.  “Bulletproof” ponders invincibility with the help of a Siberian tiger claw.  “Wasted and Rollin’” casts a deep, impressionistic fog.  For “Deep Dark Below” Shires’ attention shifts to the underworld, where the devil plays fiddle with a bow made of bones.  “Song for Leonard Cohen” has a softer touch, imagining a drunken evening stroll with the master songwriter.

Now based in Nashville, Shires began playing fiddle at age ten in Texas.  By 15, she had joined the Texas Playboys, former backing band of western swing pioneer Bob Wills.  More recently she has toured and recorded with Shovels & Rope, Snider and Justin Townes Earle who says, “With a voice that whispers Dolly and lyrics that scream Faulkner, this girl shines like a diamond.”


Down Fell The Dove tracklist:

1.  Look Like A Bird

2.  Devastate

3.  Bulletproof

4.  Box Cutters

5.  Deep Dark Below

6.  Wasted And Rollin’

7.  If I

8.  Stay

9.  Drop And Lift

10.  A Song For Leonard Cohen

11.  The Garden Song