Amanda Shires “has a knack for creating an intimate atmosphere through her music, like she’s sharing a secret with only you” writes No Depression. Tonight, Shires returns to Austin City Limits stage with her solo debut to share secrets from her newest release My Piece Of Land.
Texas native Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Since then, she’s toured and recorded with John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and most recently her husband and creative collaborator Jason Isbell, with whom she first-appeared on Austin City Limits in 2013. Along the way she’s made three solo albums, each serving to document a particular period in her life while improving on the perceptive qualities of the previous record. The songs on her latest My Piece Of Land address the similarities and differences between the home she was born into, the two homes she was
eventually split between, and the home Shires has finally made for herself. She recorded the album under the guidance of producer Dave Cobb at his Low Country Sound studio. Cobb believes in the spontaneity of early takes, and with the proficient rhythm section of Paul Slivka and Paul Griffith, the studio band was able to record the album in a relatively short amount of time without sacrificing performance quality. This approach gives each song on the album emotional urgency along with a groove that’s loose and effortless. With My Piece Of Land, Shires has reached a personal pinnacle. This album is the creative milestone suited to accompany the recent milestones in her life: becoming a mother, developing into a true artist, and finally finding a home.
EPISODE LISTJason Isbell & The 400 Unit / Amanda Shires (43)
- Episode recap: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires
- ACL announces the second half of its Season 43 broadcast schedule
- Episode recap: ACL Presents Americana Music Festival 2017
- Taping recap: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires
- ACL livestreams Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires on 8/21, Father John Misty on 8/22
- Giveaway: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires 8/21
- New taping: Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires
- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016