Amanda Shires, “When You Need a Train It Never Comes”

It’s hard to argue with the sentiments of both Justin Townes Earle and Devotchka, who have said Shires has “a voice that whispers Dolly and lyrics that scream Faulkner,” and that if you don’t like Amanda then “you don’t like America,” respectively. And while the sentiment that you must not like America if you don’t like Amanda Shires is patently ridiculous to say, there is some truth to it.

Shires mines a Southern American gothic sensibility, like the aural equivalent of Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers or Thomas Wolfe. It’s haunting and enchanting and transportive. [via Shorefire]

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