Amy LaVere


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Amy at SXSW; Kicks Off Tour on March 29th

Amy is back in Austin this week for SXSW, and if you’re making the trek you’ll have several opportunities to see her slap that bass – and maybe even hear a song or two from her upcoming album — throughout the week. On the agenda are a few solo sets, plus some gigs alongside friend and Runaway’s Diary producer Luther Dickinson. Check out the full list below.

And as is always the case with Amy, there’s more — she’ll hit the road yet again following SXSW for a duo tour with Will Sexton, kicking off March 29 in Kansas City. Will has been sharing the stage at recent gigs with Motel Mirrors, Amy’s collaboration with John Paul Keith and Shawn Zorn. Check out this review from Sound Observations of a recent Asheville, N.C. gig that featured Will and his brother Charlie and take a gander at the full tour here.

A little farther out, some important save the dates for your calendar: you can get your copy of Runaway’s Diary on May 26 in the UK and May 27 in the US, and around that time she’ll be joined again by her full band for more touring on both coasts and overseas. If you’re in the Memphis area you can catch Amy (and some special guests) at one of her favorite venues, the Levitt Shell, on June 8.

Thursday, March 13, 9 p.m.
MXMW (benefit for HAAM)
Authentic Smiles, 211 San Antonio Street

Saturday, March 15
4:30 p.m.
Opening for Will and Charlie Sexton
StrangeBrew, 5326 Manchaca Rd.

10:30 p.m.
One to One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar

Thursday, March 13
6:40 p.m.
New West (Day Party)
Threadgills, 301 W Riverside Drive

Friday, March 14
2 p.m.
Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave

10 p.m.
New West (Official Showcase)
Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave

Amy LaVere and Shannon McNally announce Chasing The Ghost – “Rehearsal Sessions” EP

chasing-the-ghost-cd-coverAmy LaVere and Shannon McNally first became aware of each other through their mutual mentor, Memphis producer, Jim Dickinson. They didn’t actually connect until Luther Dickinson brought them together to form the band The Wandering in 2012. “We were both instantly struck by our numerous similarities. It’s not your average gal that drinks bourbon neat, walks around with a pocket atlas and a drives a big white gear van,” McNally reflects, “I thought she was charming and awfully funny.”

The Chasing The Ghost Tour, which officially begins October 13th, 2012 in Joshua Tree California, was born in the immediate post partum of The Wandering tour of May 2012.

“Shannon and I related to the intensity with which we both approach our craft. It’s nice to have a friend that is also a peer. Our voices blended as well as our personalities”.

The two women, armed with a satchel of each artist’s songs, headed to the Music+Arts Studio in Memphis, Tennessee for rehearsals a few days before getting into the van for the cross-country trek to California. Instantly the feeling in the room was electric and fun. Someone had the good sense to press record.

Chasing The Ghost – “Rehearsal Sessions” features Amy LaVere on stand up bass and vocals, Shannon McNally on acoustic guitar and vocals, Robert Mache on guitar and mandolin and Shawn Zorn on drums.

Chasing The Ghost – “Rehearsal Sessions” will be released on the Archer Records Label. As the band hit the road engineers Daniel Lynn and Kevin Houston worded overtime to mix and master an EP which will be available at their first appearance on October 13th in Joshua Tree, CA.

Chasing The Ghost – “Rehearsal Sessions” will also be available via leading digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon and also directly from the artists’ websites and label websites.

$6.99 Digital Download

The Wandering’s new album available now.

Available now from Songs of the South Records: the debut album Go On
Now, You Can’t Stay Here from The Wandering, featuring Luther
Dickinson, Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June and Sharde
Thomas. Buy your copy here.

Amy LaVere Among the Wander(ing) Women Here to Stay

“If Luther (at left) calls you with a wild idea, you show up, you know?” said LaVere, a former Sun Studio employee who plays standup bass and began her solo career under the guidance of acclaimed producer/musician Jim Dickinson, the late legend whose sons Luther and Cody co-founded the North Mississippi Allstars.

Read the full Huffington Post story

Amy LaVere featured on Todd Snider’s Jerry Jeff Walker tribute

Produced by Don Was (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones), the 14-song set was recorded last year in Nashville with the Colorado-based Americana band Great American Taxi and features cameos from Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, Elizabeth Cook and Amy LaVere.

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Cut her down: Amy LaVere records for The 78 Project

The 78 Project is a documentary and recording project by Alex Steyermark. With just one microphone, one authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and one blank lacquer disk, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose.

The Wandering Tour Dates

Amy LaVere joins Luther Dickinson and The Wandering for album and tour

The WanderingThe Wandering gathers five traditionally-minded artists from Memphis and North Mississippi and features the string work of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and a quartet of distinctive female voices—Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June, and Sharde Thomas, erstwhile leader of the Rising Star Fife and Drum band.

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The Wandering’s first album Go On Now You Can’t Stay Here will be released on May 8th and the group will tour during the month of May.

The women are all accomplished musicians, and it was actually for this reason that Luther initially gathered them together.

“The idea for the band came together one day when I saw a picture of Valerie playing the banjo, which led me to think about Amy playing upright bass, which led me to think about Sharde playing drums and Shannon playing guitar,” says Luther. “So I called them up and arranged a session. We had no idea what to expect and I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it couldn’t have been lovelier.”

The record was cut at the Dickinson family’s Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater, Mississippi in just three days, and Luther recalls that the music fell readily into place.

“Everyone got along well and as soon as we started playing we all felt that it was special. Amy and Sharde have the coolest pocket together and Valerie’s banjo parts are the magic ingredient. Shannon played rhythm guitar on everything, and I played guitars, mandolin and banjolin.

“I love having Sharde’s Mississippi cane fife paired with banjo, mandolin, and upright bass. It sonically represents the culture of the modern Southern folk experience.”

That experience is also represented in the group’s repertoire, which includes traditional standards and classic Americana from Southern-born artists including Robert Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Little Willie John, Ray Charles, and Sid Selvidge.

Luther Dickinson and The Wandering will be touring during the month of May.

View the full list of tour dates

Rich Robinson and Amy LaVere on the road

This spring Amy LaVere will tour with The Black Crowe’s Rich Robinson for several weeks, including stops in Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland and New York City.

3/1/12 @ Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
3/2/12 @ Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
3/3/12 @ Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY
3/7/12 @ Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
3/8/12 @ Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
3/9/12 @ Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
3/10/12 @ Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
3/11/12 @ Ninth Ward – Buffalo, NY
3/15/12 @ TT at the Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
3/16/12 @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs Philadelphia, PA
3/17/12 @ Red Palace – Washington DC
3/18/12 @ Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
3/19/12 @ Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

2011 highlights and thanks

Dear Friends, Family and Fans,

We’ve returned home safe and sound from a very full year of touring in support of my third record “Stranger Me.” The tour has taken us from Memphis to Seattle to New York, London, Paris, Oslo, Stockholm and many other wonderful cities. It has been a remarkable journey.

I’ve always been grateful but never more proud of my team that makes this all possible. Thank you…

  • Ward Archer
  • AudioGraphic Masterworks
  • Amanda Beel and the All About Promotions team
  • Nashon Benford
  • Karen Blockman
  • Paul Bosell
  • Mary Brabec
  • David Brookings
  • Sarah Brown
  • Matthew Bury
  • John C
  • Ashley Capps
  • Paul Chandler
  • Ronda Chollock
  • Krista Wroten Combest
  • David Cousar
  • Brian Dixon
  • Andrew Geddis
  • J Gibson
  • Gibson Guitars
  • Bob Goldstone
  • Andy Hacket
  • Drew Hill
  • Simon Hollandy
  • Kevin Houston
  • Steve Kersley
  • Jonathan Kirkscey
  • Shira Knishkowy
  • Kelly Krueger
  • Gallien Kruger
  • Lucero
  • Lynn Lancaster and everyone at Proper Distribution
  • Josh Lindgren
  • Daniel Lynn
  • David Macias and everyone at 30 Tigers
  • Clint Maedgen
  • Steve Mathews
  • Paula Mikula
  • Andy Prevezer
  • Adam Rabinovitz
  • Lindsay Reid
  • Rollin Riggs and the Resource Entertainment Group
  • Monty Shane
  • Todd Snider
  • Sea Sick Steve
  • Craig Silvey
  • Jim Spake
  • Rick Steff
  • Carissa Stolting
  • Katie Sudley
  • Deborah Swiney
  • Paul Taylor
  • Esther Tewksbury
  • John Turner
  • Ulli
  • Logan VanGaasbeek
  • Kurt Vitol
  • Andy Washington
  • Ken Weinstein
  • Kristi Witt
  • Shawn Zorn


Some highlights for us have included the love we received at SXSW, iTunes, Starbucks and NPR. Mostly for me, I’m especially thankful to those of you who show up to the live shows and keep us inspired.

A special thanks to those of you who supported the Kickstarter campaign that enabled us to take the show to a few new countries and many new people:

  • Peter Scheffler
  • Andrew Losli
  • Casie Zorn
  • M Dee Wroten
  • Elizabeth Cawein
  • John Hubbell
  • Jerry Neapolitan
  • Darren Watt
  • Vivian Crettol
  • Catherine Craig
  • Lauren Boyer
  • Ben Ware
  • Dennis Hoeft
  • Kerry Peeples
  • Wendy Sumner-Winter
  • Lucas Hendrickson
  • Nils Pfaffelberger
  • Sherianne Bangham
  • PK Potter
  • Will Raines
  • Joe Perz
  • Sheryl Butler
  • Hello Mimi
  • Brenda Tyler Eoste
  • Bob Hazlett
  • Thomas Danfield
  • Tony
  • Jim Sute
  • Geoff M
  • Brian Millsap
  • Bryan Eagle
  • Kerry Hayes
  • Christopher Peterson
  • Chris Traicoff
  • Ward Archer
  • Linda Archer
  • David Less
  • Malaeva
  • Daisy Craddock
  • Brady
  • Renee
  • Jimmy Lewis
  • Dave Hoon
  • Vickie Fant
  • Melody Taliaferro
  • Mark Kloch
  • Beth Cawein
  • John Pontius
  • Jan Stark
  • Hayward Townsend
  • Russell Savory
  • Kiki Sieger
  • Arlene Newnham
  • Trey Duffy
  • Alexandra Slater
  • J.E. Holmes
  • Margot McNeeley
  • Richard Cole
  • Jeff Lackey
  • Julie Markowitz
  • Mike Powers
  • Ron D Haskins
  • Shawn Zorn
  • Richard W Floyd
  • John Mitchell
  • Paul Speer
  • Scott Morrell
  • John Casady
  • Jim Boettger
  • Mark Bentley
  • Matt Henderson
  • Tom Norris
  • John Bass
  • John Fitzpatrick
  • Bruce Ansley
  • Laura Sigman
  • Rick Moore
  • Jay Martin
  • Walt
  • Raymond Steiner
  • Stefan Ahlstrom
  • Patricia Walker
  • Robert Killheffer
  • Paul Suwan
  • Ron McLean
  • David Bosoty
  • John Healy
  • Adam Levy
  • David Boone
  • James Sigman
  • Sidney Berry Jones
  • Vaughn Ray
  • Chad Costen
  • Travis Claeys
  • Jalrattan Kamra
  • Sherry Wallace
  • Craig Leake
  • Marvin and Mona Sowers
  • Sandy Zorn
  • Ted Haycraft
  • Graham McDonald
  • Chris Parnell
  • David Hinske
  • Anthony Fiore
  • James Currie
  • Steve Mills
  • Stephen Kaplan
  • Barry Lichterman
  • Adam Hohenberg
  • Jay Cooper
  • Rob Campbell
  • Bryan McIntyre
  • Mary J Adams
  • Mark Herrington
  • Regina Hinman
  • Rick Rodgers
  • Beth Butts
  • Keith Butler
  • Len Pipkin
  • M C Converse
  • Edward Goodstein
  • poitras
  • Nancy Zorn
  • Bruce Newman
  • Cynthia Ham
  • Randall Cartwright
  • Ady Short
  • Robert Wyatt
  • Ira Sachs
  • Brian Dixon
  • Harte Thomas
  • Todd Demers
  • Eric Tate
  • Catherine Nall
  • Tommy Kha
  • Ryan Parker
  • Christopher Lagermann
  • The Tancredi’s


Have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year.



Amy LaVere on BBC Radio 2


West Coast Tour Announced

Amy LaVere Tour Dates

Archer Records is excited to announce that Amy LaVere has confirmed a run of West Coast tour dates in support of her latest album, Stranger Me. Currently on a tour with stops along the East Coast and the Midwest, her second leg of tour dates will hit major cities along the West Coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland. In their eight (out of ten) star review, SPIN declared, “Part winsome alt-country gal and part avenging angel, Amy LaVere has made the breakup album of the year.” The full list of tour dates is below.

Produced by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire), Stranger Me is LaVere’s third record and is the follow up to the Jim Dickinson-produced Anchors & Anvils. Always texturally rich and often employing dissonance and off-kilter instrumentation, Stranger Me is her most exploratory work to date. Alternately haunting and exuberantly defiant, it is a perfect backdrop for this collection of songs about frustration and feeling emotionally disconnected.

Stranger Me has already received glowing praise. NPR gave the album the First Listen treatment, calling the songs “textured, ethereal, and even haunting at times.” The track “You Can’t Keep Me” was chosen as a “perfectly crafted tune from the talented LaVere” for USA Today’s weekly podcast. Paste Magazine, impressed by LaVere’s witty lyrics and eccentricity, asserted “she has crafted a well-rounded album that is already among the year’s best.” While the Associated Press commended her “weird, wonderful…fabulous anti-love songs,” The Washington Post enjoyed the album’s “enticingly sultry” feeling.

Detroit Free Press

“An impressive achievement from singer and upright bassist Amy LaVere, an intriguing musician who’s ready to break out to a larger audience.”

Read the full review


“Real art is personal, close to the bone, unshakable and undeniable. Stranger Me slices throats and raises the black flag.”

Read the full review

Washington Times

“On her third solo album, though, Miss LaVere refocuses our attention with some of the most atmospheric country songs this side of Neko Case, de-emphasizing her strength as a bass player and presenting herself as a full-package Americana artist.”

Read the full review

Paste Magazine

“LaVere could rest on her lyrics alone, which are witty and feisty enough to stand on their own, but by giving her band boundless license to indulge any whim or eccentricity, she has crafted a well-rounded album that is already among the year’s best.”

Read the full review

Spin gives Stranger Me an 8 out of 10

“Part winsome alt-country gal and part avenging angel, Amy LaVere has made the breakup album of the year…”

Read the full review

The Sun gives Stranger Me four stars

With a sweet voice and double bass that’s way taller than her, Memphis singer Amy enchanted with last album Anchors & Anvils. Now she’s heading to broader horizons in her lyrics and music. Stranger Me is a richly atmospheric, darkly seductive song-cycle with the handsome gait of Damn Love Song setting the tone. The sprightly power pop of You Can’t Keep Me, with its euphoric horns, moves her further away from the alt-country brigade. And a cracking cover of Captain Beefheart’s Candle Mambo reveals the breadth of her ambition. You’re sure to revere LaVere.

The Sun, 7/1/11

Q Magazine gives Stranger Me four stars

The sight of petite, Louisiana-born Amy LaVere playing her big upright bass isn’t one that’s easily forgotten. Luckily, there’s more to her than that. Growing confidence as a songwriter (the dark, twisted love stuff), arrangements that push the boundaries of Americana, even an unlikely Captain Beefheart cover (Candle Mambo) make Stranger Me, (ARCHER), her third release, extra rewarding.

Q Magazine (August issue)

Daily Mirror gives Stranger Me four stars

The stand-up bass-slapping starlet takes her country rockabilly grooves into some unexpected twists, turns and deep ravines on this third album. Her Songs have dynamic intelligence and just the right amount of deadpan humor with vocal skills that are both delicate and sensual.

Daily Mirror, 7/1/11

Amy LaVere’s NPR Mountain Stage show to air June 17.

Amy just finished taping NPR’s Mountain Stage. The episode will begin airing on June 17 and air-times will vary by station.

View a complete list of stations.

Amy LaVere to release new record, Stranger Me, on July 19th

Archer Records is excited to announce the release of Amy LaVere’s new record, Stranger Me, on July 19, 2011 (July 4th in the UK). Produced by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire), Stranger Me is LaVere’s third record and is the follow up to the Jim Dickinson-produced Anchors & Anvils. Always texturally rich and often employing dissonance and off-kilter instrumentation, Stranger Me is her most exploratory work to date. Alternately haunting and exuberantly defiant, it is a perfect backdrop for this collection of songs about frustration and feeling emotionally disconnected.

LaVere was originally planning on making this album with Dickinson. He had not been in good health for some time, and she felt that she might not have many more opportunities to record with him. “He was the one who really got me to believe in my own voice,” says LaVere. When he passed in August 2009, in addition to grieving one of her greatest mentors and champions, she was back at square one in the recording process. One of her first thoughts, after she was ready to begin thinking about producers, was Silvey. They met in London through a mutual friend at the BBC, hit it off immediately and he volunteered to run sound for her performance on Later With Jools Holland. Like Dickinson before him, Silvey encouraged LaVere to follow her own muse, even when (especially when) it led her to more esoteric choices, like the one to cover Captain Beefheart’s “Candle Mambo.”

LaVere experienced other upheavals last year, beginning with the departure of her guitar player, Steve Selvidge, who left to join The Hold Steady. Even more devastating, she and her boyfriend/drummer Paul Taylor decided to call it quits after six years. After starting the recording process without him, it was evident that she missed his musical contributions, so she called him, and he eagerly agreed to play drums on the album. The process of recording became a healing experience as they redefined their relationship.

Along with Taylor, LaVere brought together a group of musicians that provided the right aesthetic for the album. Her first call was to Rick Steff (Lucinda Williams, Cat Power, Lucero) whose love for all things left of center appealed to her. He brought to the recording process a fertile imagination and a repository of odd instruments, including toy pianos, organ, Buddha boxes and the Theremin. Guitar player David Cousar, whose style Silvey describes as “beautifully eccentric,” was her next call. Other musicians include Anchors & Anvils violinist Bob Furgo (Leonard Cohen), floutist/saxophone Clint Maegden (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), cellist Jonathan Kirkscey and violist Beth Luscombe (Memphis Symphony), trumpeter Nahshon Benford, saxophonist Jim Spake and bassist John Stubblefield (Lucero).

Amy LaVere was born in Louisiana and moved around as a GM brat (“Dad moved around to open factories”), and the family eventually settled near Detroit, at least everyone but her father, who continued to travel for work. The family structure eventually gave way. She and her sister rebelled, and one of the ways Amy did so was by joining a band at age 14. Rebellion is still a potent theme for her, and she continues to defy and test love’s constraints in many of her songs.

Stranger Me is the next step in the exciting evolution of Amy LaVere. — clearly more confident in her musical point of view, possessing more wisdom about what love is not and ready to embrace the ideal of the stranger, whatever its iteration.

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For more information, please contact Ken Weinstein at Big Hassle Media:

44 Wall Street 22nd Fl. New York, NY 10005 Tel: 212.619.1360 Fax: 212.619.1669

Stranger Me gets a symphonic touch

“The singer’s blend of charm, insight and tragic love has always gone over well with listeners. But with orchestral arrangements by the remarkable Jonathan Kircksey, those songs took on a profound depth and resonance.”

Read the full story at The Commercial Appeal

The Romance of Loneliness

Read John Beifuss’ report about The Romance of Loneliness, Amy’s first starring movie role:

Amy LaVere Knows ‘The Romance of Loneliness’

Release dates set for “Stranger Me”

Amy LaVere’s new studio album on Archer Records, Stranger Me, is set for release July 19th in the USA and July 4th in the UK. The highly anticipated album was produced by Craig Silvey whose work with Arcade Fire resulted in 2010’s album of the year at the February Grammy Awards. Planning for touring in the USA and UK is well underway beginning with a special media event scheduled in London in April.

Stranger Me features Amy on upright bass and vocals, Rick Steff on keyboards, David Cousar on guitars, and Paul Taylor on drums. Other contributors included Jonathan Kirkscey and Bobby Furgo (strings), Jim Spake (saxophone), John Stubblefield (bass), and Nahshon Benford (trumpet).

Additional recordings were made in New Orleans at Preservation Hall with horn arrangements by noted Preservation Hall Band member and Bingo Show leader, Clint Maedgen.

Recording engineer Daniel Lynn assisted Craig Silvey with the recording and mixing at Music + Arts Studio in Memphis and additional mixing at The Garden Studio in London. Stranger Me was mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York.