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Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, And Amanda Shires Form New Supergroup

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The Highwomen have already worked with Sheryl Crow

Amanda Shires has revealed to 91.9 WFPK that she is joining forces with Brandi Carlile and Margo Price for a new supergroup, The Highwomen.

Shires admits to the radio host that she's not sure she's supposed to be talking about this (oh well), but that the women are currently deep in the writing process and are set to record in March. So far, Shires says that she has a few songs co-written with Carlile, as well as a handful with George Strait songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

The name of the supergroup is a play on male country supergroup The Highwaymen, founded back in 1985 with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. Though I'm sure Nelson would beg to differ, Shires clarifies that the "high" in The Highwomen is "as in exalted... not stoned." She then nervously adds, "I mean I'm sure being stoned is fine, it depends on where you are and all that. I'm not advocating anything, or un-advocating."

Later on in the interview, Shires says that The Highwomen plan to welcome guest members and have already worked with Sheryl Crow. "Any women that wanna come in man, it's all-inclusive, it's not like man-haters," she added.

Hear the entire interview, here. From January 30 to February 3, Carlile, the most nominated woman at this year's Grammys Awards, and Price, who's nominated for Best New Artist, will perform at Carlile's "concert vacation" Girls Just Wanna Weekend. Meanwhile, Shires is currently on tour in support of her album To The Sunset, released last August.

She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

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