The three-headed Americana dream team has plans to hit the studio with an array of special guests, including Sheryl Crow.
Update 3 p.m.: As word of this potential superteam spread round the internet, Shires took to Twitter to try to hit the rewind button, noting that “nothing is official.”
“I accidentally jumped the gun when I spoke w/ WFPK about my idea for The Highwomen,” she wrote. “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.”
The good news keeps pouring out of Brandiland. Hot on the heels of all those Grammy nominations and upcoming destination festival and all-star Gorge Amphitheatre concert, comes word that Brandi Carlile has a new supergroup in the works (emphasis on super).
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Speaking with a Louisville radio station, fellow Americana star Amanda Shires let slip that the longtime friends have been working on a new project together. “I don’t know if I’m even supposed to be talking about it, but we’ve got a new group coming out called the Highwomen,” Shires tells 91.9 WFPK.
The fiddle-playing singer-songwriter says she and Carlile have been writing songs together for the project, which also includes Nashville rebel Margo Price, who’s up for best new artist at this year’s Grammys. The supergroup is set to begin recording in March, though there’s no indication when the material might surface. The name is a play on the Highwaymen, the outlaw country supergroup of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson that formed in the mid-’80s. Shires says the new songs will be more country-leaning than their solo work.
Shires and Carlile apparently met years ago during Cayamo, the Americana concert cruise that partially inspired Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend fest in Mexico later this month. Sounds like the Highwomen project will also feature an array of guests, including Sheryl Crow and Jim Lauderdale. More from Shires, who’s earned raves with her latest album, “To the Sunset,” on how it came together:
“We were at (Nashville club) the Basement for some reason, and I told her about this idea I had called the Highwomen and [Carlile] was like, ‘I love that idea!’ I was like I want you to be in it and I want you to help me run this because I’m terrible at business and my voice isn’t as great as yours. She was like ‘Yeah man, I’ll be in your band the Highwomen.’ Then we asked Margo and she said yeah.”
In the meantime, local fans (with disposable income) seeking reprieve from Seattle winter can catch Carlile and Price in sunny Riviera Maya during Girls Just Wanna Weekend Jan. 30 through Feb. 3.