Amy LaVere On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "That Beat"
  • "Washing Machine"
  • "Killing Him"
  • "Railroad Boy (Died of Love)"

Memphis-based singer and upright bassist Amy LaVere plays a funky, Southern soul-infused set with her band in this live performance on Mountain Stage. Performing tracks from her latest full-length album, Anchors & Anvils — plus a new song called "Railroad Boy (Died of Love)" — LaVere can sound hushed at one moment and then powerfully projected the next.

In addition to her two full-length albums, LaVere released a new EP in March called Died of Love, which includes the sparse, thumping beat of "Washing Machine" much like it's performed here. The record also features her touring band, guitarist Steve Selvidge and drummer Paul Taylor. LaVere notes to the audience that Selvidge accompanied his father, folksinger Sid Selvidge, on Mountain Stage back in 1993.

LaVere recently appeared on the big screen, portraying rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. She will also be a featured character in the MTV series $5 Cover, a scripted docu-drama about musicians' lives in Memphis.

This feature originally ran Apr. 29, 2009.



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