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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Amanda Shires' Backstage Go-To Keeps Her Clothes Free Of Wine Stains
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Amanda Shires' Backstage Go-To Keeps Her Clothes Free Of Wine Stains

Amanda Shires shares the on-the-go cleaning product she swears by when she's on the road in this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

GRAMMYs/Jun 13, 2022 - 05:04 pm

Amanda Shires wears many hats on the road: She is a solo artist, one-fourth of the country supergroup the Highwomen (with Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby) and part of the 400 Unit, the all-star backing band for her husband, Americana giant Jason Isbell.

But no matter what the lineup is, Shires has been touring long enough to know what she needs backstage before her shows, and one important component of her tour rider is a wine selection.

"I have a couple different wine riders that go out. The $25 tier, the $40 tier, the celebration tier, the 'what we can get by with when We're in the middle of Amarillo' tier," she jokes. "I'm just a person that really appreciates Jesus' first miracle."

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, the singer/songwriter and fiddle player explains that her tour riders are Road-tested. Over the years, she's learned that if she's going to have wine backstage, she also needs an effective way to clean up spills.

"With that, and my clumsy self, I have to have Shout wipes," Shires goes on to say. "Copious amounts of Shout Wipes. It's the only thing that you can get red wine out of your clothes real fast with. And also, it gets rosin off your clothes, if you've been practicing your fiddle backstage. Not to mention whatever other corn dog stuff you get on your shirt."

That's always why you'll probably see her mostly dressed in black when she's on tour ("Black is your friend, right? Its only enemy is mustard," she quips). But Shires says that her Shout wipes revelation didn't truly come along until the birth of her daughter, Mercy, in 2015. 

"And now I probably pretty much single handedly support their business," she adds with a smile. 

Although Shires isn't currently on the road, her website's tour page cryptically reads "Coming Soon." With a new album on the way — Take It Like A Man, due July 29 — it might not be long before Shires is breaking out the "celebration tier" wine rider.

Press play above to watch the full video, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more installments of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider

GRAMMYs/Jul 8, 2021 - 12:26 am

Some artists make larger-than-life demands on their tour riders—hence the classic urban legend about Van Halen requiring the removal of brown M&Ms. 

For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.

Check out the cheeky clip above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 10:44 pm

You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.

For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.

In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.

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Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell's ShoalsFest

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Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell's ShoalsFest

Isbell also announced that he would perform with his band Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

GRAMMYs/Mar 19, 2019 - 03:48 am

GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Jason Isbell is bringing Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, Amanda Shires and more to his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Ala., for the first-ever ShoalsFest.

Isbell also announced that the fest would feature a performance from his band Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

According to the fest's website, more artists will be announced for the one-day event taking place on Oct. 5 at McFarland Park in Florence, Ala., which is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan area.


"We’ve got ourselves a festival in the Shoals! @amandashires, @mavisstaples, @SherylCrow, and my rock band will play! Tickets on sale March 25. Come see," Isbell tweeted.

Muscle Shores is home to the Muscle Shoals Sound studio, which became a prominent place or R&B, rock and pop during the '60s and '70s, as NPR reports

Isbell said in a statement that he'd always wanted to bring a festival to the Shoals area. "McFarland Park is the perfect place to enjoy world-class artists and the beauty of the Singing River," the musician said. "These acts are all personal favorites of ours, and we’re proud to bring them to our hometown and show them a good time. I hope y’all are as excited as we are about ShoalsFest 2019."

Tickets for the festival go on sale March 25. For more information, visit the ShoalsFest website

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Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves Donate Gear For Girls Rock Camp Alliance Auction

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Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves Donate Gear For Girls Rock Camp Alliance Auction

Dolly Parton, Sharon Van Etten, Hayley Williams, Reba McEntire, and Fergie have also contributed items to the auction to benefit the non-profit organization

GRAMMYs/May 9, 2018 - 07:11 pm

Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, and Kacey Musgraves are among the ist of top female artists who have donated their personal gear for a new auction benefitting the non-profit Girls Rock Camp Alliance, which supports more than 100 summer camp and music education programs around the world for female, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth.

The star-studded list also includes Paramore's Hayley Williams, Lydia Loveless, Marian Hill, Melissa Etheridge, Evanescence, Tal Wilkenfeld, Amanda Shires, Sharon Van Etten, Fergie, Mindi Abair, Charlie XCX, Reba McEntire, Imogen Heap, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and more.

Items up for the auction, which is hosted by the online marketplace Reverb, include microphones, guitar effects pedals, instruments, concert tickets, memorabilia, and more.

"My sister and I were very lucky to have inspiring resources at our fingertips and people championing us to find our passions very early in life. We need more perspectives of strong women living on through art and music, so I’m happy to support Girls Rock," said Musgraves, who is donating a mixer and an autographed plastic pink flamingo.

The auction launches on May 10 on Reverb's website.

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