Amanda Shires is known for her folksy, Americana sound. In 2017, Shires was named the Americana Musi…

Amanda Shires is known for her folksy, Americana sound. In 2017, Shires was named the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year and she frequently lends her voice and style to her husband Jason Isbell’s band, The 400 Unit. But her new solo record, To the Sunset, moves away from her normal style, taking on more pop sounds with crunched guitars and layered vocals.
Shires came to NPR in Washington, D.C. to perform songs from the new album and talk to NPR’s Don Gonyea about the stories behind them, as well as about being a woman in country music and new motherhood.
Photos: Elissa Nadworny/NPR


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