Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: The new Johnny and June

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires at Bonnaroo in 2013 (David McClister)

Hey Hart Beat. I hope your Tuesday night is going well. I am so glad to finally be sitting down to write. After work I was busy running errands and doing laundry but the whole time I was thinking about how much I want to share this post with you!

Over the weekend while driving up to Maine I caught up on some of my favorite playlists. A new one just starting up from my beloved WNYC (‘sup Soterios) called Death, Sex & Money by Anna Sales was at the top of my list. And Hart Beat, it’s amazing! You have to listen to it! The episode that struck me the most was Anna’s most recent installment called “Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple.” That title, um… yes please.

In the episode host Anna speaks with country singing couple Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Their story is amazing and the two go into great detail in the podcast about their troubles with trust, alcohol abuse, career success and navigating a relationship in such a complicated world. I could listen to them talk all day.

One of the best parts of the episode (other than hearing such great life advice from people with southern accents) was being introduced to both Jason and Amanda’s work. I am in love, Hart Beat. Their music is amazing. Each have debuted a solo album in the last year and have set off on their own to create a following. They are both work listening too. I’ve put a great rendition of the couple singing “Cover Me Up” live but you should listen to the entirety of both Southeastern and Down Fell the Doves. My personal favorites are “Stockholm” and “Bulletproof. Gah, I can’t get enough.

P.S. It was only mentioned once but the similarities between Amanda and Jason and Johnny and June are uncanny. I can’t wait what comes next from these two.

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