"One of the best and most unique female voices being recorded today. She floats and flutters through songs like a bird soaring…"
-Chip McCabe/Chicago Tribune
"#5 Song of the Year "
-American Songwriter Magazine
"Haunting and dynamic…"
-Jim Caligiuri /Austin Chronicle
Eric Danton/ AOL Spinner
"an earthbound Emmylou Harris..."
"there's a magnetic pull that draws fans into the songs..."
"…one stop-you-in-your-tracks stunner…"
"there's no denying Shires herself as a tour-de-force, a singer, songwriter and musician who possesses the entire package and evidences it here. A revelatory offering in every sense…"
"beautiful and melancholy…"
-Andrew Dansby/Houston Chronicle
"This year's breakout star..."
-My Old Kentucky Blog
"blessed with the ability to nail the deepest of emotions with simple yet brilliant words…"
"songwriter makes good on her apprenticeship with the legendary western swing outfit the Texas Playboys and the Tom Waits and Dolly Parton comparisons that have lately followed her around…"
"earthy, gutsy, vibrant, occasionally confrontational. When Shires puts her bow to the strings, audiences pay attention…"
"a uniquely gifted singer, songwriter and fiddler blessed with a literate songwriting style and a crystalline, distinct voice…"
"Amanda Shires is proof that big things can come in small packages…"
"Carrying Lightning builds on the evocative alt-country of 2009’s excellent West Cross Timbers, showcasing both the breathless immediacy of her singing voice and the plainspoken elegance of her songwriting voice…"
-Stephen Deusner/American Songwriter
"an incisive, brilliant piece of modern Americana that demands to be played, then played again…"