Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight is the wonderful Amanda Shires singing “Devastate”.
Man, do I like Amanda Shires. She’s one of the good’uns. It’s late at night when I am turning out this post. I must have listened to this song a dozen times or more. Great lyrics and great music to go with them. Like many of my favs it’s more than the music and lyrics that get to me. It’s the package. By package, I mean the sound that comes with the song, the singer’s voice, the arrangement, the feeling the performance gives me as I listen.
Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, John Paul White and Ashley Monroe are the new country. They know what country should sound like. For all the pop country out there, I am here to tell you that real country sounds Hank Williams sad. Because country is above all else the white man’s blues. And when you have the blues, you don’t load up the truck with your dog and your girl friend in jeans and go for a picnic. No sirree. You cry because you are on the bad side of lonely. Loss is the feeling that occupies your heart at just this moment. And you want to listen to someone who understands that emotion. Cause you’re having a fight with that dark side of your personality.
So listen to Amanda Shires. You are hearing the real thing. And here’s hoping she never sells out to pop country.