Amanda Shires – Carrying Lightning

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I’m a little late in mentioning this album but couldn’t let it pass without a few words of praise as it’s fast becoming one of my favourite albums of the year so far, one of those rare albums where there’s not a weak track Carry Lightning showcases Shires talents as both writer and musician, a dozen tracks it kicks of with Swimmer…. and ends with an instrumental version of the opener, in-between there are nine further Shire’s originals and a cover of Barbara Keith’s Detroit or Buffalo, Neil Casal who guests on the album playing guitar and adding harmony vocals recorded his own version of this track on his album Fade Away Diamond Time, other contributors include Will Kimbrough (electric guitar) who pops up regularly on quality albums and Rod Picott who co-produced the album with Shires – she returns the favour by playing and singing on Picott’s solo album Welding Burns set to be released later this year in the UK.

Shire’s has a wonderful singing voice, emotive, distinct, aching and seductive as the songs demand it’s hard not to be captivated by it alone and forget that she’s mean fiddler and ukulele player too, turning in some great performances on her own album and my other stand-out album of 2011, Jason Isbell’s Here We West.

If you’ve not heard this album yet I highly recommend it, file under essential listening.

“The love child of Dolly Parton and Tom Waits, perhaps?” recommended further reading.

 

When You Need A Train It Never Comes by Amanda Shires

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Radio interview at WNYC 93.9

Amanda Shires @ Daytrotter

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