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Amanda Shires on World Cafe | September 20, 2011

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West Texas fiddler and singer Amanda Shires is a storyteller. She was playing fiddle for the Texas Playboys at 15, then later backed Gwyneth Paltrow in the film Country Strong and gigged with Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earle. While those are impressive accomplishments, what's truly compelling is the nuanced and charming world Shires builds on her recent album Carrying Lightning.

With her enchanting vibrato and stark, eloquent phrasing, Shires explores many sides of love: discovering it, losing it, finding yourself in lust. Citing Leonard Cohen and Richard Buckner as influences, Shires creates something simple and delightfully heartfelt on Carrying Lightning. Here, Shires performs songs from her new album on World Cafe. (link)



Los Lobos "Mas Y Mas" Colossal Head
The Jayhawks "She Walks In So Many Ways" Mockingbird Time
Vetiver "Worse for Wear" The Errant Charm
Alison Krauss "Baby, Now That I've Found You" Now That I've Found You
Amanda Shires "Rings and Chains" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Amanda Shires "Detroit or Buffalo" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Amanda Shires "When You Need a Train it Never Comes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Hold Steady "Sequestered in Memphis" Stay Positive
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King is Dead
The Walkmen "Canadian Girl" You and Men
Tears for Fears "Break it Down Again" Elemental
Eleanor Friedberger "My Mistakes" Last Summer


Lissie "In Sleep" Catching a Tiger
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Same Mistake" Hysterical
Gorillaz "On Melancholy Hill" Plastic Beach
Fruit Bats "Tony the Tripper" Tripper
Mayer Hawthrone "The Walk" How Do You Do
The Spinners "I'll Be Around" Best Of The Spinners
Steve Winwood "Hold On" Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood
Milagres "Here to Stay" Glowing Mouth
Kathleen Edwards "Change the Sheets" Voyageur
Dr Dog "Stranger" Shame, Shame
Amos Lee "El Camino" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
J Viewz "Salty Air" Rivers and Homes
LCD Soundsystem "All I Want" This Is Happening