Amanda Shires to release new album – first single out now

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Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and virtuoso violinist Amanda Shires has shared her new single, ‘Hawk For The Dove‘. It is the first new single to be unveiled from her forthcoming album ‘Take It Like a Man‘, set for release on 29 July on ATO Records.

Shires co-wrote ‘Hawk For The Dove‘ with producer Lawrence Rothman, who also plays keyboards on the track. Brittney Spencer lends background vocals, and Jason Isbell is featured on guitars. Amanda comments, “This is the song where Jason finally had enough of the buzz in the studio and switched to a Gretsch. That was the moment he realized why Chet Atkins (who recorded in this studio) loved Gretsch guitars”.

The new album ‘Take It Like A Man‘ is a fearless confessional featuring ten emotionally raw tracks, produced by the gender-fluid singer-songwriter and producer, Lawrence Rothman, (Angel Olsen, Girl in Red, Courtney Love). Upon hearing Amanda Shires’ music for the first time Lawrence said, “I was just mesmerized. I thought she was the new Dolly Parton; Dolly for a new generation.” While this is Shires’ seventh album, the style is so different as to be like a debut. Written and recorded during lockdown, the new record features Isbell on guitar on several tracks and guest vocals from Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Brittney Spencer. ‘Take It Like A Man’ is a song cycle of ruthlessly candid tunes written as a document by Amanda about her life as a woman, a wife (to husband Jason Isbell) and a mother during a tumultuous time.

The album will be available on CD, LP, and the songbook of lyrics will also be available for sale. These can be pre-ordered on the artist’s website.

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