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Amy LaVere believes in the importance of community. For 2014’s Runaway’s Diary, she signed up North Mississippi All-Star Luther Dickinson to produce. His late father, Jim Dickinson, had produced her 2007 album Anchors and Anvils. Here, the dependable backup group includes Luther and guitarist Will Sexton, keyboardist Tim Regan, and drummers Sharde Thomas and Shawn Zorn, with LaVere handling the bass. A true Southern songwriter, LaVere composed eight of the album’s tracks, adding Townes Van Zandt’s “Where I Lead Me,” John Lennon’s “How?,” Ned Miller’s “Dark Moon," and local Memphis songwriter Mike McCarthy’s “Lousy Pretender” to complete her thoughts. A rockabilly sense flows through the record, with “Self Made Orphan” bringing its contrast of personal emotional baggage and carefree jubilance together as one. She then applies that trick to Van Zandt’s sorrowful pleas. A visit to the piano for “Snowflake” represents her pensive side; a single tom-tom provides the austere rhythm. The album's autobiographical nature is largely counterbalanced by arrangements that refuse to lapse into self-pity.

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Atmospheric beauty that rolls.

Runaway’s Diary is a little retro, a little edgy, a little county-billy. it’s a thing of beauty, whatever you call it. Amy LaVere is a treasure that more people need to hear. I love this record.

A very enjoyable trip

Don’t let Amy LaVere’s beauty fool you. A wonderful duet album with John Paul Keith as Motel Mirrors, and numerous other appearances, have already shown the powers and elegance of her voice — not to mention the virtuosity of her acoustic bass playing. The Luther Dickinson-produced Runaway Diary album also shows her strength as a composer.

Biography

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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