AMANDA SHIRES TO THE SUNSET

Over four albums Shires has cemented herself as a deft lyricist and a Grade A purveyor of melancholic, fiddle-heavy folk, but this collection marks an adventurous move with an edgier sound and attitude from the fiddle-maestro wife of Jason Isbell. It is a compelling collection of narratives often from a female perspective. The themes range from grappling with self-esteem in ‘Mirror, Mirror’ to mental illness and addiction in standout track ‘Wasn’t I Paying Attention?’ and the power of a changed perspective with a dash of her signature wit in ‘Break Out The Champagne’. Shires has a penchant for delivering her stories in ways that are intelligent and poetic yet thoughtful and warm, as if hearing them from a good friend. One of the boldest and most honest traits about Shires is her fearless format of approaching contentious plots within her songs. Shires is joined on To The Sunset by special guests including Jason Isbell (guitar), Dave Cobb (bass) Peter Levin (keys), and Jerry Pentecost.