Amanda Shires: “I’m just going to play music every day”

RS Country has a nice feature up at the moment on Amanda Shires’ fundraising ‘I So Lounging’ shows which have been broadcast live each evening over the last month and which feature her other half Jason Isbell, and Seth Plemmons among others.

As the article describes them: “Shires and Isbell banter for five minutes in between songs, telling stories about their daughter’s blooming love of Star Wars, fielding questions about guitar gear, providing updates on their loved ones (Isbell’s father has been brushing up on his WWII history), and processing their own raw feelings on camera. Shires’ mother provides daily cocktail recipes. In one episode, Isbell, who is sober, and Shires answered a fan’s question about what it’s like for Isbell when his wife drinks around him.”

It’s a place to share and learn from one another,” Shires says. “I wanted it to be unrehearsed. There are a few people that would prefer we just play song, song, song, in a row, but we love talking with our friends and fans, and so many folks in the world have struggles with their relationships, or with their sobriety or with their mental health. So many people are isolated and sheltering in place at home alone right now. We wanted it to feel more like hanging out around a bar, or a dinner table…I struggle with my own set of dark, complicated feelings and I felt like, maybe if there were folks out there feeling things, we could talk about them.”

You can read the whole piece over at RS Country here and watch one of the episodes in its entirety below.


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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 19 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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