Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell to Perform on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show

by Emily Morgan

In a surprise series of tweets sent out on Friday, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” revealed that Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires will perform on the popular late night talk show. 

Last September, Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell released “The Problem,” which features various artists across all music genres. 

Artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Angie Stone, Peaches, K. Flay, Valerie June, K. Flay, Lilly Hiatt, Morgane Stapleton, Nona Hendryx, were collaborators on the track. 

Jason Isbell contributed guitar on the song, while Sheryl Crow played bass.

Amanda Shires & The Highwomen

During her career, Shires has released six solo albums. In 2018, she dropped her most recent album, To the Sunset, on the Silver Knife label.

In 2019, she founded a country music women’s supergroup dubbed The Highwomen alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby. “Redesigning Women” was the first single from their self-titled debut album released on September 6, 2019.

She has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and Rod Picott. 

Along with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, in 2017, Shires won the Grammy Award for “Best Americana Album” for their 2017 album The Nashville Sound.

Last year, Shires and the Highwomen made their memorable TV debut on Fallon’s talk show in the lead-up to release their freshman album. 

In October, Fallon invited the all-women group back to perform “Crowded Table” from the album. Despite performing virtually due to the lockdown measures put in place for the pandemic, they made the performance look effortless.

However, things went haywire for Shires when she tried to watch it from her home. During the airing, the unbearable beeping of the emergency alert system kept her from watching the taping. 

Thankfully, Shires watched the performance in peace when it made its way onto YouTube shortly after airing. 

At this year’s Grammy Awards, The Highwomen are nominated for their song, “Crowded Table” for “Best Country Song” of the year. 

Written by Carlile, Hemby and Lori McKenna, the song is a call to action for a more inclusive world.

I want a house with a crowded table

And a place by the fire for everyone

Let us take on the world while we’re young and able

And bring us back together when the day is done