Singer-songwriter and Highwomen member Amanda Shires has announced a new album: Take It Like a Man is scheduled for release on July 29 via ATO Records. The LP’s first single, ‘Hawk for the Dove’, was co-written with producer Lawrence Rothman, who plays keyboards on the song, which also features background vocals from Brittney Spencer and Jason Isbell on guitars. It comes with a music video directed and edited by Shires and Deren Ney. Check it out below.
“This is the song where Jason finally had enough of the buzz in the studio and switched to a Gretsch,” Shires said in a statement. “That was the moment he realized why Chet Atkins (who recorded in this studio) loved Gretsch guitars.”
“I want people to know that it’s okay to be a 40-year-old woman and be more than just a character in somebody else’s life,” Shires added “The song and the visual representation of the song deal with the emotions that turn prey into predator.”
Take It Like a Man was written and recorded during lockdown, and, in addition to Spencer, includes guest vocals from Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby. “I was just mesmerized,” Rothman said of working with Shires. “I thought she was the new Dolly Parton; Dolly for a new generation.”