"It's all rock & roll - no golf!" is how acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires describes her electrifying fifth album, To The Sunset. She's borrowed a lyric from the effervescent track "Break Out the Champagne," one of ten deftly crafted songs that comprise her powerful new recording. The Texas-born road warrior, new mom, and recently minted MFA in creative writing has mined a range of musical influences to reveal an Amanda Shires many didn't know existed. "Isn't it refreshing?" Shires asks. Indeed. Distorted electric guitars, effects pedals, swirling keys and synths, and rockin' rhythms certainly suit Shires' visceral songcraft and lilting soprano.
1. Parking Lot Pirouette 2. Swimmer 3. Leave It Alone 4. Charms 5. Eve's Daughter 6. Break Out the Champagne 7. Take on the Dark 8. White Feather 9. Mirror, Mirror 10. Wasn't I Paying Attention