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Amanda Shires Drops News of Plans for Supergroup with Brandi Carlile

UPDATED with an Instagram post from Amanda Shires saying she "accidentally jumped the gun."

If you were tuned in to Louisville, Kentucky’s WFPK Winter Wednesday segment featuring Amanda Shires yesterday, you were first to hear some big news: Shires is teaming up with Brandi Carlile for a supergroup called The Highwomen. 

(If the name kind of brings to mind The Highwaymen — the ‘80s supergroup with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson — well, yeah. The “High” in the name means “exalted,” Shires is quick to assure, not “stoned.”)

Before you get too excited, though, a rep for Shires tells us "there is nothing confirmed or set in stone" at this point. And Shires herself posted an Instagram story Thursday afternoon that said: "I accidentally jumped the gun when I spoke with WFPK about my idea for a women's super group called The Highwomen. Brandi and I do have something in the works and we will announce the exact details when it comes to fruition. Just wanted to let you know that nothing is official and this isn't news yet."

Shires mentioned Margo Price in the interview, but her involvement has not been confirmed. Shires said she and Carlile have written two songs for the project already, and she has also written for it with Jim Lauderdale. Sheryl Crow is expected to be involved in some way as well, as are other guests, Shires said in the interview with host Laura Shine. They plan to head into the studio in March, Shires said. 

The news seems to have dropped sort of by accident, as Shires was discussing her songwriting process and recent work. “I don’t even know if I’m supposed to be talking about it, but …”

You can listen to the full interview, including performances of songs from Shires’ latest project, To The Sunset, here.

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