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Amanda Shires

This week, Jim and Greg talk to singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. Amanda released her latest solo album To The Sunset in early August of this year to a lot of critical acclaim, especially for the intricately beautiful lyrics and genre-blending on the record (country, rock, acoustic, etc.) Shires talks with Jim and Greg about her time in the legendary Bob Wills band The Texas Playboys and about how getting her MFA in poetry elevated her lyricism. They also discuss her husband, singer, guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell, and how becoming a mom changed her musical perspective. Shires also brought along her long fiddle and her guitar player and performs a special stripped down set.

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Jason Isbell

For his latest record, The Nashvillve Sound, Grammy-wining country singer Jason Isbell set out to document his life as a father and an artist in 2017. What came out of that process is an album that has been described as his most political yet.“It came out political because what else is there in the public consciousness right now if not that?”Jason asks in an interview with Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. Jason Isbell came by our studios to talk about performing during a politically divided time, how his time in Drive-By Truckers spurred his songwriting, and how vampires works as a great topic for a love song. He also performed a solo acoustic set.

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Amanda Shires To the Sunset

Jim and Greg highlight tracks off singer-songwriter Amanda Shires's new album To the Sunset, which came out earlier this month. Shires has serious musical chops: At just 15, she played violin in The Texas Playboys, once the backing band for“The King of Western Swing,”Bob Wills. She later relocated to Nashville and joined the scene there. Now, when she's not releasing distinctive, genre-busting solo albums, she plays in husband Jason Isbell's touring band, The 400 Unit. Despite Jim's“limited country tolerance,”he loves To the Sunset, especially Shires's gritty violin interludes. He also can‘t help but highlight her flair for telling intense and interesting stories. Shires’s lyric writing is also a selling point for Greg, who finds her songs both pithy and powerful. He appreciates that To the Sunset eschews Americana cliches in favor of something fresh and exciting.

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Guest Desert Island Jukebox

Most weeks, either Jim or Greg take a trip to the desert island and play a song they can‘t live without. This week, we’re sharing picks from recent Sound Opinions guests like Ted Leo and Jason Isbell! Find out what these artists selected as the albums and songs they would bring with them if stranded on a desert island.

  • PJ Morton: Prince And The Revolution, "Take Me with U"
  • Brian Koppelman: Lou Reed, New York
  • Lydia Night of The Regrettes: Big Star, #1 Record
  • Jason Isbell: Ben Howard, "I Forget Where We Were"
  • Don Was: Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil
  • Carlotta Cosials of Hinds: Bob Dylan, "Mama, You Been on My Mind"
  • Ana Perrote of Hinds: Dead Ghosts, "When It Comes To You"
  • Ted Leo: Michel Pagliaro, "Lovin‘ Ain’t Easy"
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