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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lightning Rod Records
  • ASIN: B004R2A7DW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 release from the Lubbock, Texas-based singer/songwriter/fiddler. Amanda Shires is blessed with a singular, literate songwriting style and a crystalline, distinct voice that hints at her Lubbock roots. Much like Neko Case's Blacklisted and Lucinda Williams' Happy Woman Blues, Carrying Lightning is the work of an artist gaining control of her considerable talents and funneling them into a cohesive whole. From playing fiddle in the Texas Playboys at the precocious age of 15 to playing with Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong just this year, Shires displays the kind of talent that has garnered her praise from artists like Justin Townes Earle, DeVotchKa and Jason Isbell.

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Like all truly original artists, Amanda Shires defies categorization.
Michael DuPre
The songwriting on this album is really solid - the voice is confident and distinct and I like every song on the album.
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To be fair, though, even the best artists can only expect to write a song like Mineral Wells a few times in a career.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gorczyca on May 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I don't know quite how to classify this music of Amanda Shires. It sounds sort of country-like, but not the country pop that's out there these days. More like the old country music of Roy Acuff and Dolly Parton. It's a little bit like folk music. The lyrics are deep and require the time to reflect on them. Good thing the lyrics are included in the packaging of the CD. Something you'll miss out on with the download. I suppose the best word I've come upon to describe Amanda's music is "Americana", American roots music! Love the CD and the previous one, "West Cross Timbers".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael DuPre on July 9, 2011
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Like all truly original artists, Amanda Shires defies categorization. Her music has the moving lyrical power of Jewel, the hauntingly touching beauty of Alison Kraus, the steamy sultriness of Nora Jones, and the feminine playfulness of Sheryl Crow. But these are all poor attempts to describe her, for her style is all her own and, in the end, comparable to nothing that has gone before. It's folk; it's country (but, as other reviewers have said, in the spirit of old-fashioned country, not contemporary country pop); it's a little bit rockabilly. Listen to it: you won't be sorry, except for the fact that you won't be able to get it out of your head.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 24, 2011
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I only knew of Amanda Shires from her fabulous fiddle work playing with Justin Townes Earle out on tour. I had the pleasure of seeing her just four days ago (along with Justin and bassist Brin Davies) at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. So when I put on this new CD from Shires, I wasn't ready to hear that all but one (the last) track were vocals. And all the songs (except one) are penned by her.

After two plays, I'm impressed! (It takes at least two plays as the lyrics aren't quite as obvious the first time around. And, luckily, they are all printed on the inside of the digipak.

Shires vocals are quiet and soothing and she is accompanied by near a dozen Nashville-based musicians (including songwriter Will Kimbrough and album producer Rod Picott). Shires, herself, plays ukulele, "strings", and some whistling, as well as the violin.

I'm reminded a bit of Lucinda Williams on a few tracks and there are hints of other young singer/songwriters here too. I know it's probably asking too much but I'd love it if she'd add more instrumentals to the mix. She's such a great player that her instrumental talent gets lost in the "mix". But then she'd have to give up some of her songs (with words) I guess.

Anyway, I'm glad I got to hear her songwriting talents as well as watching her play on stage.

Steve Ramm
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sky Cop on June 7, 2011
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Amanda Shires is a wonderful talent and it shows in every song. Her voice is refreshing and alluring and her lyrics are loaded with lines you will be sharing with your friends. Be sure to catch the Tim Burton like video for her song 'Ghost Bird'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JDNM on April 5, 2012
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West Cross Timbers thrust Amanda into the debate regarding the best American songwriters; Carrying Lightening forces her to the front of that conversation. If I have a complaint it's that this song collection is overproduced in places and distracts rather than enhances. She Let Go of Her Kite especially suffers on that point but When You Need a Train and Sloe Gin are not immune. Amanda is at her best acoustically. It would be a mistake to make too much of this, however, because all the songs on this CD are simply exceptional. Every song is a finely crafted painting by a grand master. One doesn't listen so much as observe them, pace back and forth in front of them, peer at them, and then finally sit down on the museum bench and gawk. American Songwriter ranked "When You Need a Train It Never Comes" at #5 but honestly this year they seemed to be obsessed by songs with controversial topics and I guess suicide fit that bill. Swimming, Ghostbird, and Shake the Walls are all superior.

Another nit picky point is that while the overall collection of songs is superior to West Cross Timbers this collection doesn't have a breakout song like Mineral Wells. Ghostbird possibly comes closest. To be fair, though, even the best artists can only expect to write a song like Mineral Wells a few times in a career.

The cover of Detroit or Buffalo, the only cover on the CD, is nicely done and there is the final instrumental only piece at the end, an effective touch. There isn't much else to say. Ms. Shires is expectational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pic'ngrin on October 22, 2011
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Good album all around and Amanda Shires would be a house hold name if it were not for the corporate filtering of American radio. In the spirit of what country used to be when it had a soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy on August 19, 2011
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Like other reviewers, I find Amanda Shires' music impossible to pigeon-hole. In one moment, she is delivering a perfect old-time country heartbreak song like "When You Need A Train It never Comes," then turns right around and gives us a sexy rocker worthy of Lucinda Williams("Shake The Walls"). At other times on this album, she evokes the songwriting spirit of such disparate geniuses as Dolly Parton and Leonard Cohen. Amanda Shires is a major talent and CARRYING LIGHTNING is her ticket into the pantheon of Folk/Country Gods.
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