Music » Livewire

Amy LaVere

With the FulBrights. Thursday, June 7, at Wilbert's.


Back in the day, love-gone-bad drove country crickets like Skeeter Davis to declare the "End of the World" or Sandy Posey to bemoan the fate of being "Born a Woman." But nowadays, Amy LaVere -- delicate and demure as she sounds -- would rather take her man out than take it on the chin. Sure, she seems like a sweet lil' gal who doesn't mind scrubbing, but what's she thinking about? Murder's a good bet -- or maybe stuffing her suitcase and stealing away on the next bus out.

That said, the Memphis singer, bassist, and actress (Black Snake Moan, Walk the Line) does have her moments of classic country-chick vulnerability. LaVere traverses the tightrope strung twixt love and hate with a coolness that conjures an image of Norah Jones' coquettish down-home cousin.

LaVere is currently touring in support of her sophomore release, Anchors & Anvils, which was produced by Memphis maven Jim Dickinson, whose own creative path has crossed that of the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. LaVere's bipolar persona finds kindred surroundings in a sound that's vintage country on top with a restless, jazzy underbelly. Driven as it is by LaVere's own upright bass, her live sound should be just as compelling.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.