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On 2013’s “A Song For Leonard Cohen,” Texas singer Amanda Shires imagined getting drunk with her musical hero: “We’d compare mythologies,” she sang, “and toast those friends that never believed that our voices ever had much to offer.” Like Cohen, Shires isn’t a powerhouse singer – her voice sounds like Dolly Parton whispering – but she’s a versatile fiddler/ukulele player and a fine songwriter with a particular flair for lyrics. A one-time resident of Mineral Wells, Texas, she now lives in Nashville with her husband Jason Isbell, who teamed up with Shires to co-write their lovely new duet, “The Color of a Cloudy Day.” Nashville singer-guitarist Andrew Leahey & the Homestead open the show with tunes from 'Skyline in Central Time,' an album produced by Wilco’s Ken Coomer.

Ms. Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Since then, she’s toured and recorded with John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and most recently her husband Jason Isbell. Along the way she’s made three solo albums, each serving to document a particular period in her life while improving on the perceptive qualities of the previous record.
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