Jason Isbell’s Wife Amanda Shires Releases Lyric Video Cover of Genesis’ ‘That’s All’ as 2020 ‘Anthem’

by Keeli Parkey

The end of any year always brings with it a look back on the events that transpired over the previous 365 days. Many artists, including Amanda Shires, are looking back at the chaos of the past year. But, when the year in question is 2020, that reflection is even more intense.

On Wednesday, Shires released an animated video of her cover of the classic 1980s Genesis song, “That’s All.” You can watch the video, which features an animated COVID-19 virus, below.

Amanda Shires, the wife of star musician Jason Isbell, told Rolling Stone the song is a “true COVID anthem.”

The song also hits on the unrest that was so prevalent in 2020. In addition to facing the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans dealt with the impeachment of a president, racial unrest, and a very hostile election – just to name a few of the stressors.

In his article about the singer’s cover, Rolling Stone’s Jon Freeman points out how Shires focuses on a “thumping kick drum and a syncopated piano” in her interpretation.

“Shires sings the verses in her lower range, then jumps several steps up to hit the higher chorus, giving the song an eerie feel when she doubles herself in two octaves,” Freeman writes. “When the beat hits, it’s a programmed groove of stuttering hi-hats and hand claps that provides a propulsive low end.”

Amanda Shires Covers ‘That’s All’ by Genesis

“That’s All” was written and recorded by the band Genesis in 1983.

The song keeps you on edge, just like 2020 did to pretty much everyone. In addition to the musical beat of the song, the lyrics also reflect the chaos of the past year. It was a year when so many of us couldn’t agree on anything at all.

“Just as I thought it was going alright. I found out I’m wrong, when I thought I was right. It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all,” the lyrics say. “I could say day, you’d say night. Tell me it’s black when I know that it’s white. It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all.”

The animated video that accompanies Shires’ cover references many of the events of 2020. The references include the death of Breonna Taylor, murder hornets, closed music venues, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and, of course, COVID-19.

Shires, Jason Isbell Plan Live Stream Concert

Amanda Shires, husband Jason Isbell, and the 400 Unit are planning to stream a live concert from the famous Nashville Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m., central time. The event will be streamed on Fans.com.

Bringing in 2020, Isbell and 400 Unit sang at “Music City Midnight” in Nashville. However, this year, if you live in Nashville, the event will actually air on a local news channel, WTVF-NewsChannel 5.

For the people not living in Nashville, tickets start at $25. But there is also another package that includes the concert and a special poster from the event, which costs $55.