Amanda Shires and Gwyneth Paltrow – Movie Love Don’t Let Me Down
Gwyneth Paltrow and indie fiddling chanteuse Amanda Shires pose for a photo while they took a break from the set of Love Don’t Let Me Down in Nashville recently. Shires is cast as a key bandmember to Paltrow’s lead singer in the movie, which also stars Tim McGraw, Leighton Meister and is produced by Tobey Maguire. The Lubbock-born gem, who got her start at 16 as a sidewoman with the legendary Texas Playboys, also enchanted cartoonist Greg Walker of Hi and Lois — one of the most famous family strips in the history of the comic medium since 1954. Shires debuts in the strip on February 19.
Justin Townes Earle says Amanda Shires, “has the spirit of Spade Cooley. With a voice that whispers Dolly and lyrics that scream Faulkner, this girl shines like a diamond but she’s pure Pearl.” High praise also comes from Chris Isaak and Billy Joe Shaver for her clever songs that sparkle with a tinge of Western swing influence – and a bit of attitude, and nostalgia, sweetness and grit – on her recent solo album West Cross Timbers. In addition to working on the movie and touring, Shires is recording another album with The Thrift Store Cowboys with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case, Iron and Wine.) NPR says they are “a band to call your own,” and, “If Sergio Leone had hired a band to soundtrack an Italian bisexual porn Western, or maybe an adaptation of Lolita set in Deadwood, this is the first band he’d have called,” says Santa Fe Reporter