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Amy LaVere

By Stephanie Smittle

9 p.m. White Water Tavern.

Amy LaVere

Amy LaVere’s a Memphis treasure, nearly as much fun to watch plucking the upright bass as she is to listen to, with a voice that’s girlish but never naive, tender but never syrupy sweet. LaVere’s latest, “Painting Blue,” trades in a dose of her gypsy jazz tendencies for quiet, rainy day musings, much like the seminal Joni Mitchell album it seems to tip its hat to. It’s full of aching truths (“I don’t want to know about evil, only wanna know about love”) and good advice (“Don’t let your girlfriends tell you what you need”) and a deft, reflective take on one of the most gorgeous ballads Elvis Costello ever penned (“Shipbuilding”). LaVere’s producer, husband and guitarist Will Sexton joins her at this show — a balm, undoubtedly, for fans who haven’t heard her in a while, and a surefire swoon session for the uninitiated.


September 14, 2019
2:00 am
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