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.