Amanda Shires Atmosphereless Tour w/L.A. EDWARDS
450 Franklin St
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
“It’s all rock & roll – no golf!” is how singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires describes her electrifying fifth album, To The Sunset. She’s borrowed a lyric from the track “Break Out the Champagne,” one of ten deftly crafted songs. 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.
Shires is renowned for her carefully crafted songs. Her influences include Leonard Cohen and John Prine. “I was talking to John Prine while I was writing this record,” says Shires, “and he was talking about how using images that actually happened to you makes the songs true.
L.A. Edwards is the music of Luke Andrew Edwards. The band’s debut record, “True Blue” is the most recent release out of the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers camp, produced by Heartbreaker bassist Ron Blair. They stepped into the studio with the goal of making a great California rock album. The result is a fresh take on the Laurel Canyon sound for the next generation. Eagles-esque brothers harmony, Stones inspired guitar weaving, the melancholy of Jackson Browne, and the working class optimism of Petty himself can all be heard on the record and on the stage.
For tickets and more information visit Harvester-Music.com or 540-GUITARS (484-8277).