Shires rides off "To the Sunset"
Thursday, April 19, 2018
– Amanda Shires will release her fifth album, "To the Sunset," on Aug. 3 on Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers.
This is the singer/violinist's second album with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb.
Shires reportedly goes for an edgier sound and attitude. The disc is a collection of narratives often told 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 a changed perspective in "Break Out The Champagne."
Recorded at RCA Studio A, Shires is joined by special guests including husband Jason Isbell (guitar), Dave Cobb (bass) Peter Levin (keys), and Jerry Pentecost (drums).
The new disc follows up Shires' "My Piece Of Land" from 2016.
Tour dates are:
April 26 - Birmingham, AL - Lyric Theatre - %
April 27 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre - %
May 4 - Nashville, TN - Sevier Park Fest
May 27 - Winston Salem, NC - Gears & Guitars Festival
June 22 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
June 24 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
June 29 - Dallas, TX - Winspear Opera House - ^
June 30 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall - ^
July 12 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
July 13 - Charlotte, NC - Live on the Green in First Ward Park
July 14 - Somerset, KY - Master Musicians Festival
July 24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
July 25 - Albany, NY - Lewis A. Swyer Theatre at The Egg
July 27 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
July 29 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
July 31 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Aug. 1 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head
Aug. 2 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
Aug. 7 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Aug. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Aug. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Symphony Hall - @
Sept. 3 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - @
% - Supporting Tommy Emmanuel
^ - Supporting John Prine
@ - Supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
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