Rod Picott and Amanda Shires | Sew Your Heart With Wires

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Sew Your Heart With Wires

by Rod Picott and Amanda Shires

Reverb drenched harmony filled duets with fiddle, acoustic guitars, rich gorgeous vocals and superb song-craft from award winning songwriter Rod Picott and mesmerizing Texas fiddle chanteuse Amanda Shires.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mercury
3:59 album only
2. Drive That Devil Out
2:59 album only
3. You Can't Call Me Baby
2:49 album only
4. Shake and Cry
3:32 album only
5. Salida
3:34 album only
6. Little Darlin'
2:41 album only
7. Arrows On Your Compass
2:58 album only
8. Mean Little Girl (Ruby)
3:57 album only
9. When You Get Your Story Told
3:25 album only
10. Bird And Pony
3:03 album only


Album Notes
A yankee singer-songwriter and a Texas fiddler might seem an unlikely pairing but the natural chemistry between Rod Picott and Amanda Shires is undeniable.  Arising from the sun-driven plains of West Texas is fiddler and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires and from the northern mill towns of New England is Rod Picott.

Featuring both dark musings on the themes of love and regret and also jaunty acoustic country, SEW YOUR HEART WITH WIRES is an album to tease the senses and stimulate the soul. All the songs were recorded live in the studio, no overdubs, giving a "caught live " feel to the collection.

The sound of birds singing, freight trains rumbling and planes flying overhead are all left in the mix to create an album as if performed personally for the listener. Some songs were recorded the day the pair wrote them, songs such as 'Drive That Devil Out' reminding the listener of a curious mix of Tom Waits having dinner with Iron and Wine, and 'Shake and Cry' which sounds like the Everly Brothers having drinks with Mark Knopfler at Johhny Cash's house.

On the theme of love," Mercury" poses the question, just where does love go when it goes and just like the seasons why does it come back? Alternatively, sounding like Johnny Cash and June Carter on the stunning "You Can't Call Me Baby"; just what do you call your lover when all the pet names have been used up?

SEW YOUR HEART WITH WIRES reached #7 on the Euro Americana Chart

SEW YOUR HEART WITH WIRES voted #4 Best Debut of 2008 by the FAR Chart radio reporters
"I remember sitting in an airport listening to Amanda play, she played so pretty that we missed our plane. America needs pizzicato"- Chris Isaak

"An absolutely marvelous acoustic duo album..their duet singing is so damned gorgeous.."-John Conquest 3rd Coast Music

"...flows like honey" -Arthur Wood Folkwax

"This one just flows with an ambience and charm that is hard to resist"- Bill Lavery Village Records



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Cheryl Todd

New to me . . read the description and wanted to try something new. Oh, I am glad I did. This is lovely! Will make you feel such peace if you listen to it! Bravo!

Peters at CD Baby

What a gorgeous, tender album of acoustic Americana. Rod Picott and Amanda Shires have crafted an album that both recalls and enriches the tradition of guy/girl duets like Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, and Johnny & June Carter Cash. While the sparse backdrop of just acoustic guitar and fiddle provide the instrumentation, the intertwining voice of award-winning songwriter Picott blends seemlessly with the soft country singing of Shires. Recorded live in the studio, this duo is both heartbreaking & lovely on songs like romantic "Arrows on Your Compass" to the lively murder ballad "Little Darlin". Crafted with no fuss, yet totally engaging and intriguing, "Sew Your Heart with Wires" is a great country folk album.

Van DeLisle

This album should win the Grammy!!!!!
Because I used to like Robert Plant about 50 yrs ago and I still like Alison Krauss now, I bought their album and after two listens I decided it was pretty crappy. But 'Sew Your Heart with Wires' is SO beautiful I cannot take it off. I can't wait for them to come to Chicago so I can see them LIVE. This record is unbelievably pretty.
John Conquest is right.. so damned gorgeous. Buy one for yourself and at least one more for a friend.