Amanda Shires is a GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and violinist from Lubbock, Texas. Not too long ago, she released a lovely performance video for her “Empty Cups” single featuring Maren Morris on vocals and Jason Isbell on guitar.
Amanda Shires – “Empty Cups” video featuring Maren Morris (Official Live Session)
“I recorded ‘Empty Cups’ after everyone left because I didn’t want to accidentally cry or get a shaky voice in front of my friends. I asked Maren to sing on this one because our voices blend like sisters and because I knew that wherever my voice wavered, she’d be steady.” – Amanda Shires explained
With a timeless sound and aching vulnerability, “Empty Cups” paints delicate imagery and delivers poetic ruminations on love. Amanda Shires’s masterful ability to craft an unforgettable melody is on full display, showing the true depth of her songwriting skills. With passion, she sings, “There was a time you used to listen closely to me, as close as the air is to the sea. So close I could feel you breathe.”
‘Empty Cups’ is the third track to be released ahead of Amanda Shires’ forthcoming album, Take It Like A Man. The highly anticipated project will be released on July 29th via ATO Records. Also, “Empty Cups” follows on the heels of the album’s title track, “Take It Like A Man.”
Amanda Shires – “Take It Like A Man” performance video
‘Take It Like A Man’ unfurls with a haunting longing, as Amanda Shires’ bell-like vocals soar. She proclaims, “I was snared by your wrist, I know what the cost is. The octaves of consequence… I know the cost of flight is landing and I know I could take it like a man.” Not only can Amanda “take it like a man,” but more importantly, she can “Take it like Amanda,” as the last line proclaims the clue to the entire album, and perhaps Shires herself.
“I wrote that last line, ‘take it like a man,’ but then I changed it. I realized you can try and do what they say and take it like a man and show that you can withstand anything. But truly you can only take it like yourself.” – Amanda Shires explained
Filmed by Weston Heflin, the performance video captures the captivating arrangement of the song featuring Amanda’s tremulous vocals, coupled with the intensity of Isbell’s guitar work and soaring string section. The performance was captured at Columbia Records studio in Nashville; the room’s lauded history includes hosting such iconic artists as Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Buddy Holly, and many more.
“Take It Like A Man” tour
On July 23, Shires will perform with The Highwomen at Wrigley Field in Chicago. She will be opening for Chris Stapleton, followed by a special sold-out solo show at Nashville’s Blue Room on July 28th to celebrate the release of her new album. Then, she will bring her dynamic live performances on the road for an extensive fall tour kicking off on September 6th in Asheville, NC. The tour will run through November, with stops in major markets including Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Brooklyn, Dallas, and more.
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