Silver Knife/ Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18]
I was impressed when Amanda Shires first featured on the GRTR! radar back in 2012 with her excellent Carrying Lightning album. In particular, her ‘Dolly Parton’ twang and vibrato, her haunting fiddle playing, and her ability to write a decent alt country / Americana tune.
For some reason, her follow up – My Piece Of Land (2016) – passed us by, although it led to headline tours and Shires receiving the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of The Year Award.
To The Sunset reprises that album’s association with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb (who also plays bass) at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, and features ‘special guests’ that include husband Jason Isbell (guitar, and in whose 400 Unit band Shire also plays), Peter Levin (keys), and Jerry Pentecost (drums).
Representing a shift in both sound and attitude to previous releases, Shires has added atmospheric effects pedals to her fiddle playing for the first time, as exemplified on the broodingly ethereal opener ‘Parking Lot Pirouette’.
‘Swimme’r – the song that bookended Carrying Lightning – makes a surprising reappearance, ‘Leave It Alone’ has a U2 / Edge guitar motif and a young Stevie Nicks edge to the vocals, and ‘Eve’s Daughter’ and ‘Take On The Dark’ rock out in a manner becoming increasingly rare for Sheryl Crow.
‘Breakout The Champagne’ is a naturally infectious toe tapper, the Hammond B3-fuelled ‘White Feather’ is poignantly atmospheric, and ‘Wasn’t I Paying Attention’ epitomises the way in which Shires is blurring the boundaries as Americana fast becomes the new rock ‘n’ roll. ***1/2
Review by Pete Whalley
The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.
Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.
UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 26 December 2021 and features show highlights from the year (Part 1).
How to Listen Live?
Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)
Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.
More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com
Power Plays w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
SMOKING MARTHA Wild & Free (Xelon Entertainment)
TRUE NORTH Fix (Out Of Line Music)
COLLECTED Say When (indie)
ABOUT KINGS Heaven On Down The Highway (indie)
WHALEDOG Leave Me Alone (indie)
LED BY LANTERNS Six Feet Down (indie)
KROOKED TONGUE Freaky Love (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 BITE THE BULLET End Of The Line (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 CRYSTAL BALL Crysteria (Massacre Records)
14:00-16:00 SEAN TAYLOR The Beat Goes On (indie)
Tweets by Get Ready to ROCK!