Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Amy LaVere Live Session

Aired 7-4-2014

Amy LaVere was born in a small Texas/Louisiana border town, nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where Amy fronted the punk band Last Minute while still in her teens. From there, her musical journey became a wild ride of travels.

The early ‘90s found her in Nashville as part of the burgeoning Lower Broadway scene, where she began to play upright bass as half of the popular roots duo The Gabe & Amy Show. By 1999, she’d moved to Memphis where the city’s diverse music community quickly embraced her unique style. "Memphis doesn’t allow you to be trite," she explains. "It not only forces you to be original, it’s an accepting and supportive place for that which may seem unusual anyplace else. There’s very little music ‘industry’ here, but plenty of musical freedom."

In early 2005, Amy released her debut album This World Is Not My Home on indie label Archer Records to instant national acclaim. As the Los Angeles Daily News then raved, "Something like this doesn’t come along every day." Her newest record, Runaway's Diary, features a collection of 12 songs that unwrap LaVere’s adolescence in a stunning narrative, wrought with color, emotion, catharsis and innocence.

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