Amanda Shires: On Record

"It's a lot of editing and fighting in my mind about which direction a song could go.”

[caption id="attachment_211877" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo by Elizaveta Porodina[/caption] On August 3, Amanda Shires will release her new album To The Sunset. The record finds the Texas native and Nashville-based artist exploring new musical boundaries with the help of producer Dave Cobb. We recently caught up with Shires and discussed the making of the album. You go in a new sonic direction on this album. Was that an approach you and Dave Cobb arrived at together? I had the idea for what I wanted to do and I described it a little bit in the last interview I gave for the Nashville Scene, but I hadn’t really had much more conversation than that until I got with Dave and we had some meetings about what I was hearing in my mind. Correct me if I’m wrong, but his preferred approach is that he doesn’t like the artist to come in with too much of the music pre-arranged. Totally. You know, we’ve known each other for a while and I just wanted to have lunch with him and tell him what I was wanting to do. I wasn’t trying to do [my last album] My Piece Of Land again. And I gave…

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