New Sounds of Americana

Written by Kevin Connor | August 8, 2013

Former SXSW Showcasing Artist Amanda Shires

Three outstanding new releases are featured on this week’s episode of Americana World Headquarters: the full-length debut by Jesse Woods, Get Your Burden Lifted; the latest from Amanda Shires, Down Fell the Doves; and Colin Gilmore’s new album, The Wild and the Hollow.

One might expect a former Texas A&M football player to be twangin’ out tunes about pickup trucks and beer, but that’s not quite what you get from Jesse Woods. His low-key, lo-fi songs have quickly attracted serious attention. Spin calls his debut “a haunted folk masterpiece." Recently tapped as the Vogue Artist of the Week (yes, that Vogue), Jesse told the publication that the reason he lives in Austin is, “It hasn’t been completely taken over by electronic music like the rest of the world. Just people making music for the sake of making music.”

With Down Fell the Doves, native Texan Amanda Shires has her third album in four years, one that deals with a challenging period in her life before becoming involved with musician Jason Isbell, whom she married in February. A wrecked relationship, a crushed fiddle, and a ring finger rendered nearly useless by a rope-swing accident all contributed to a dark time that informed the songs on this album. As Richard Skanse writes in Lone Star Music magazine, “Every ray of sunshine she lets into Down Fell the Doves casts a dozen shadows - some real, some imagined, but each more uncomfortable than the last.” Amanda will be supporting Isbell on fiddle when he tapes an episode of Austin City Limits later this month.

Colin Gilmore recorded his new album partly here in Austin and partly in Chicago. Colin grew up in Lubbock around the music of his father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, as well as artists like Butch Hancock and Joe Ely. This may be the most fully realized album of his career, and he’s bringing his “Chicago band” down here to Austin for shows this Friday, August 9th, at Waterloo Records and Strange Brew.

All of these artists can be heard this week on Americana World Headquarters, hosted by Kevin Connor and heard every Thursday on “the 6’s and 12’s” as well as on Sunday “on the 8’s” here on SXSWfm.

Photo by Erica Shires

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