Amanda Shires | West Cross Timbers

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West Cross Timbers

by Amanda Shires

Independent music wrapped in fiddle, ukulele and combined together with a voice that would make Hank Williams cry.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Upon Hearing Violins
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2. Unwanted Things
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3. I Kept Watch Like Doves (Murder Ballad)
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4. Put Me to Bed
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5. Mineral Wells
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6. Angels and Acrobats
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7. Rings and Chains
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8. Days in Blankets
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9. Keep Them Dogs From Barkin'
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10. Mariann Leola
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11. Whispering
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“I remember sitting in an airport waiting for a plane and my drummer Kenney running up and saying ‘there’s a girl here you gotta hear’ and we walked up and there she was this beautiful girl with a fiddle standing by herself and smiling and playing and I said ‘How about some Faded Love?’ and she played so pretty that Kenny and I missed our plane. America needs pizzicato.”
-Chris Isaak

“fiddler and onstage sparkplug…baptized in panhandle winds”
-Tom Geddie Buddy Magazine

“She makes a statement that she’s standing on her own instrumentally and vocally. Shires will conjure smiles one moment, and in the next communicate loneliness with fiddle and bow.”
-William Kerns Lubbock Avalanche Journal

“She certainly impressed a lot of UK music lovers with her fine fiddle work, expressive vocals and all-round charm and beauty.”
-Alan Cackett Maverick Magazine


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Van DeLisle

I think I'm in love with Amanda Shires
Thanks to Nashville's Joseph Hazelwood I now am playing this beautiful cd. Joseph saw her at the Family Wash and told me I HAD to hear her. Wow! Amanda's voice is the real deal.. this is some wonderful stuff. I feel like I've hit the jackpot lately (Amanda's other cd out right now (Sew Your Heart with Wires, with Rod Picott) is another surefire winner. Yikes, this young woman has it all. I love Amanda.

nelson trabue

unigue and delightful
Amanda has a unique sound and she is a delight !!

Bruce Ansley

The Real Thing
This second solo album by Texas artist Amanda Shires is anything but sophomoric. It is mature beyond her years, smart beyond clever, and wise beyond reason. Amanda is a true unique talent in a world full of those claiming to be such. Her delicate and beautiful singing voice -- with hints of sweetness and tremulo -- belie the power and force behind her highly original lyrics. Her "roaring fiddle" carries you aloft while the sharpness of her lyrics shoot you straight through the heart.

Martin Overheul

A true Gem
Saying that Texas has been the cradle of some very exciting music is old news. Let me present some more old news by saying that the Lone Star State almost weekly presents new talent(s). Just read the reviews on this website. Recently the postman left another small Texan jewel in my mailbox: ‘West Cross Timber’, the second solo CD from singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires.

Amanda Shires made her entrance as a solo artist in 2005 with ‘Being Brave’, a CD I unfortunately missed. Previously she had already recorded four CDs with the Thrift Store Cowboys, an altcountry band with a strong local (live-)reputation. In 2006 the band the band released ‘Lay Low While Crawling Or Creeping’, an outstanding album, but the band didn’t get the recognition they deserved.

When Shires met Rod Picott in the same year, her career took a new turn. They decided to work as a duo for a while. At the end of 2006 this cooperation led to a successful tour through Europe, and in 2009 they released an album (‘Sew Your Heart With Wires’, review will appear on our site soon).

But now we have the beautifully issued ‘West Cross Timber’, produced by Amanda Shires, David Henry (who also plays cello, piano and organ) and Rod Picott (guitar). The CD opens with (Upon Hearing Violins’, a fine up-tempo song with nice fiddle and guitar. But above all it’s the first confrontation with Amanda Shires’ remarkable voice. Every now and then she reminds me of the early Dolly Parton (but without that high, pinched timbre) and Alison Krauss.

That voice is even more amazing in the four ballads on this album. ‘Put Me To Bed’ (including a delicious country cry), ‘Days in Blankets’, ‘Mineral Wells’ (lovely violin solo) and the heavenly melancholic ‘Mariann Leola’ (listen to Steve Byam’s pedal steel and Shires’ violin!) truly are fantastic songs, made of real flesh and blood.

If you love female voices - and who doesn’t? – you most likely won’t resist the charm of ‘West Cross Timber’. The others I recommend to listen carefully. It’s not every day you find such a gem in your lap.

Van DeLisle

IMPORTANT UPDATE
I don't think I'm in love with Amanda Shires, I KNOW I'm in love with Amanda Shires. It's been about two weeks since I've put this cd on and I cannot take it off. I keep hearing new things. Amana just kills me. I've only been to Texas twice but I can understand it's special, and Amanda's songs sound like Texas to me. They're pretty and interesting and funny and beautiful. This is one of the neatest and best cds I've heard in awhile. It's really somethin' else!

Clay McIntosh

West Cross Timbers
Great writing, great singing and great playing. Buy the CD now.

Brad at CD Baby


Americana is subject to constant revamping as the years go by, with artists adding their own touches in hopes to both modernize the form and recharge the traditional aspects of the music. This is an album that makes its basis in these ideals, but breaks it all wide open, spreading out to defy categorization and skillfully incorporate instrumentation that will appeal to both ardent Americana (and country) fans, as well as those who simply appreciate a good tune. The vocals are rooted in vintage country, effecting a sly optimism into often downtrodden subject matter, conjuring up clear images of Dolly Parton in her heyday. Accompanying herself on the fiddle, Shires is clearly the leader of the band, but the fellas backing her up lay such solid groundwork that she's already one step ahead before she breathes out a word. When she does, the lyrics prove to be perfectly in step with the music, focusing on personal accounts that manage to be both singular and easily identifiable, with each tale matching the tone of the music. The production on the tracks is spot-on as well, working in dashes of effects that aren't often heard on records like these. It's just one of the many little chances that get taken on this collection of songs, and needless to say, they all pan out.