Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Swimmer"
  • "Shake The Walls"
  • "When You Need A Train It Never Comes"
  • "Sloe Gin"
  • Julie Adams, "Can't Let Go"

Singer, songwriter and fiddler Amanda Shires makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Shires got her start in Texas, where as a teenager she performed with the Texas Playboys, the backing band for the legendary Bob Wills.

Now based in Nashville, Shires has performed and recorded with Todd Snider and Justin Townes Earle, and frequently tours with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Backed by Rod Picott on guitar, Shires is also joined for two songs by the Mountain Stage band, which she renames "The Mystical Moonshiners." Shires' performance draws from her latest album, Carrying Lightning, and includes the song "Shake the Walls," which was not heard as part of the radio broadcast. Shires is followed by Julie Adams' take on the Lucinda Williams classic "Can't Let Go."

This Mountain Stage Performance was originally published on May 4, 2012.



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