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Shires releases new song

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Amanda Shires shared her new track and live music video, "Empty Cups" featuring Maren Morris on vocals and Jason Isbell on guitar.

"Empty Cups" is the third new track to be released ahead of Shires' album, "Take It Like A Man," out July 29 on ATO Records.

Shires said, "I recorded 'Empty Cups' after everyone left because I didn't want to accidentally cry or get a shaky voice in front of my friends. I asked Maren to sing on this one because our voices blend like sisters and because I knew that wherever my voice wavered, she'd be steady."

"Empty Cups" follows the release of the album's title track "Take It Like A Man" and "Hawk For The Dove," the first single and video to be released from the new album.

"Take It Like A Man" features 10 tracks and was produced by Lawrence Rothman, a singer-songwriter and producer (credits include Angel Olsen, Girl in Red, Courtney Love and Kim Gordon). Written and recorded during lockdown, the new album features Isbell, Shires' husband, on guitar on several tracks and guest vocals from Morris and Brittney Spencer.

On July 23, Shires will perform with The Highwomen at Wrigley Field in Chicago opening for Chris Stapleton, followed by a sold-out solo show at Nashville's Blue Room on July 28 to celebrate the release of her new album. Her extensive fall tour kicks off Sept. 6 in Asheville, N.C. and runs through November.

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