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Amanda Shires

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Lubbock TX, United States (2004 – present)

Amanda Shires was born and raised in Lubbock and Mineral Wells, TX. At the age of ten, smitten by the sight of a green and orange pawn shop fiddle, Amanda quickly became obsessed with the instrument and the sounds of western swing and country fiddle. Tutored by Lanny Fiel, she joined his Ranch Dance Fiddle Band, and while attending Lubbock High School also performed in school, city and regional orchestras and symphonies. At sixteen Shires began performing with Tommy Allsup and the legendary Texas Playboys. Following graduation from high school Amanda enrolled at South Plains College School of Music in nearby Levelland. Her studies continued at Texas Tech University, where, during 2004, she graduated with a degree in Geography.

At South Plains she became a founding member of the Thrift Store Cowboys, an alt-country band with an energetic and youthful edge. Along with Daniel Fluitt [vocals, acoustic guitar, lap steel, saw] and a ranch raised kid from Fluvanna - Colt Miller [guitar, accordion, banjo, hammond], the band garnered rave reviews for it’s often raucous live sets and released 4 albums of dust covered West Texas Indie rock that earned them a loyal college audience, a best seller award from Miles of Music and Amanda’s “Sidewalk Song” has recently been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

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