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Supergroup of Carlile, Shires apparently forms

Thursday, January 10, 2019 – The Highwomen supergroup of Margo Price, Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires may not exactly become a reality.

But it appears that something is brewing with Carlile and Shires, according to Shires.

"I accidentally jumped the gun when I spoke w/ WFPK about my idea for a The Highwomen," Shires said on Twitter today. "Brandi and I do have something in the works and we will announce the exact details when it comes to fruition. Just wanted to let you know that nothing is official and this isn't news yet."

Shires told the Louisville station that the trio was involved in a new project with Jim Lauderdale helping out with songwriting.

The word was that they would go into the studio in March to record an album of country music.

Shires said in the interview, "We've been writing some songs together for a new project I started with Brandi Carlile. Me, her,Margo Price. I don't even know if I'm supposed to be talking about it, but we've got a new group called the Highwomen coming up...as in exalted, or like not stoned. I mean I'm sure being stoned is fine depends on where you are and all of that. I'm not advocating anything, or un-advocating anything. Anyway, we're recording it in March, so we were writing some songs."

"We've been friends for a long time," Shires said of she and Carlile. "I met [Brandi] on a Cayamo Cruise I can't even remember when, a long time ago. And we've been friends. We were at The Basement (in Nashville) for some reason, and I told her about this idea I had called the Highwomen, and she was like, 'I love that idea.' And I was like, 'I want you to be in it. And I want you to help me run this because I'm terrible at business, and stuff, and my voice isn't as great as yours.' And she was like, 'Yeah I'll be in your band The Highwomen.' Then we asked Margo and she said 'Yeah.' And we have guests like Sheryl Crow. Any women that want to come, and men, it's all inclusive. It's not like man haters."

"We've written a whole lot of songs, me and Brandi, and then on our own we have (written songs) too. And I thought it would be fun to have me and Jim (Lauderdale) write and see if anything came out that would work for the Highwomen, and I think we did good. I like co-writing..It's fun to see how other people's minds work and process, and I've always been such a big fan of his writing. You know, who doesn't love George Strait? And him as a person, really."

"I think for myself and Brandi, the music that we do on our own is our top priority, but this other project that we're doing is also a priortiy," she said. "But we want to play more country music. So, it'll be country."

The Highwomen name is a play on '80s supergroup The Highwaymen, which consisted of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Shires, who has her own career going, is married to and plays in Jason Isbell's band.

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