Amanda Shires has collaborated with her husband and fellow musician Jason Isbell on her new single, “The Problem.”
Shires’ moving new song tackles the weighty topic of abortion and a couple’s emotional situation. She has pledged proceeds from the track, which was released on International Safe Abortion Day (September 28), to Alabama reproductive justice organization the Yellowhammer Fund. The group aims to remove barriers for people trying to access abortions.
“I’m proud of this song,” Shires posted on Instagram ahead of its release. “It wasn’t an easy one to write, but it was worth every tear and all the heartbreak along the way to finally arrive at this night, the start of our release day… I hope you can listen with an open heart. This song is about unconditionally supporting someone you love. This is a love song. Let’s be there for each other.”
Prior to “The Problem,” Shires collaborated with Isbell on his 2020 LP Reunions as part of his band the 400 Unit. She released her most recent album To the Sunset in 2018.
Listen to “The Problem” below: