On Friday, November 29th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with Amy LaVere on Open Air.
NPR’s Robert Siegel once said that Amy LaVere “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.”
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, LaVere moved continuously throughout childhood due to her father’s job. She spent notable parts of her life in Canada, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. Outside of Detroit and only just entering high school, Amy formed her first band and began writing and performing.
Music fans first discovered her on 2005's This World is Not My Home, but it was her Jim Dickinson-produced breakout album Anchors & Anvils two years later that put Amy LaVere on the map. Stranger Me, the 2011 release on Archer Records, was called “the break-up album of the year” by Spin. Paste said it was “among the year’s best,” and it earned a first listen feature from NPR’s All Things Considered.
She followed that success in 2014 with another critical smash: Runaway’s Diary, a concept album based on her own experience as a teenage runaway, produced by Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars. American Songwriter called it “boundary pushing… heartfelt, reflective, challenging and consistently compelling.” NPR Music said it was her best yet.
Her latest album Painting Blue was released earlier this year on Nine Mile Records. Produced by her husband Will Sexton, Painting Blue captures perfectly the moment that Amy is in. Will Sexton’s skilled production and Amy’s soft, clarinet-like vocal pour over you, pushing and pulling, stirring and calming.
Tune in Friday, November 29th at Noon for a JPR Live Session with Amy LaVere on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the "Listen Live" link at the top of the page and select "Rhythm & News."
JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.