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Isbell, Shires split

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 – Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires have split after 11 years of marriage, according to Billboard.

Shires has been a member of his band, The 400 Unit, playing fiddle, and also had her own solo career. She also is a member of the women's country super group High Women.

This was the second marriage for Isbell, who was previously married to Shonna Tucker when both were in Drive-By Truckers. Isbell and Shires have one child, Mercy Rose. The marriage of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, two pillars of the country and Americana music worlds, has struck its final chord.

Rolling Stone reported that Isbell filed for divorce on Dec. 15, 2023. Early on in their relationship, Shires helped Isbell with a drinking problem, which landed him in rehab.

The couple's issues became more prominent on Isbell's 2020 album, "Reunions."


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CD review - Weathervanes Bob Dylan famously sang about how you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit do more than just gage wind direction with "Weathervanes." Isbell has a unique ability to get deep inside the heads of his various characters to reveal insightful patterns of thought and behavior. Along with his talented 400 Unit band, Isbell has given yet another smart set of songs. Isbell is especially adept at diagnosing pain points. ...
CD review - Take It Like A Man It's been said (maybe, a little too often) that the best things come to those who wait, but the cliché holds true with Amanda Shires' album "Take It Like A Man," as its second to last song, "Lonely At Night," is also its best selection. It's a piano ballad, in the Bacharach/David tradition, where Shires and her backing vocalists simply shine. It also includes classy horns and electric piano, for an unbeatable sonic mixture. Yes, "Take It Like A ...
CD review - For Christmas The first thing you may notice about Amanda Shires' "For Christmas" album, is just how much piano is on it. Shires is known for her fiddle playing skills, but this album is not the right forum for a lot of fiddle work. However, Shires' enjoyable vocal vibrato is present throughout this 11-track release. All are originals, except for "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" and "Silent Night." Most of these are story songs, which just happen to take place ...


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