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Album Review

There's an offbeat, off-the-cuff quality that makes Amy LaVere's Anchors & Anvils easy to like. First, there's the choice of songs, like the opener, "Killing Him," with LaVere sweetly singing that killing a love interest isn't enough to make the love go away. This, of course, wouldn't be very funny if a man sang it, but LaVere's straight reading and the melancholy fiddle accompaniment find the right balance. Paul Taylor's "Pointless Drinking" falls into a similar groove, a funny-sad song married to a '50s-style melody. The simple arrangements add to the album's left-of-center appeal, with steel guitars, fiddles, and guitars whipping up a lazy mixture that falls somewhere between old rock and country with perhaps a touch of jazz thrown in. At one moment, LaVere and company cover Tex-Mex ("Overcome"), the next, funky rock ("People Get Mad"). Even on a fairly straightforward song like "That Beat," the band brings a carefree joy that commingles well with LaVere's torch singer vocal. Unlike many singer/songwriters, LaVere has pulled good songs from a variety of sources, and even when she borrows a song from a familiar figure like Bob Dylan, she borrows one of his lesser-known songs ("I'll Remember You"). Anchors & Anvils' off-the-cuff qualities help separate the album from run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter product, and because of this, make LaVere more appealing than the average singer/songwriter. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

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Passion, Love, Loss, Perfection

From start to finish this album oozes brilliance, simplicity, and class. Every Instrument strikes your nerve in a way you wouldn't imagine and in ways I haven't felt with music in years. If you're a fan of 50's style rock, blues, and country this your album and if you're not, you will be. Amy LaVere will find her way to you somehow...

Anchors and Anvils

Amy Lavere is quirky and cool. She isn't afraid to take risks - both lyrically and musically. This album works because it is rooted so deeply in the many genres indigeonous to the midsouth. If you like Memphis, you will love this album.


I saw Amy LaVere on one of the late nite talk shows. I believe it was Jay. Anyway, she sang "Killing Him". I was hooked. Her lyics are very deep, smart and thoughtful. He voice is so amazing. "Killing Him" is on a playlist of favorites I made. I can't wait to hear more from her!


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

While Amy LaVere's voice may have the high, breathy tone of a young girl, she brings to her music the emotional peaks and valleys of a grown woman who has certainly seen her share of the world, and it's hard not to believe that her adventurous life has informed her work. LaVere was born Amy Fant, in a small town near the border of Texas and Louisiana to parents who were part-time musicians. Her family's nomadic life led LaVere to live in 13 different places before she finished high school, and when...
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