If you are looking for something to do tonight, look no further. The Gas Lamp hosts Americana musician and actress Amy LaVere tonight. The show will kick off at 9 p.m. with opening act Vic and Gab, indie pop/rock sisters from Milwaukee. The show has a $5 cover charge and is a 21-and-over event.
Americana vocalist and bass player Amy LaVere got her start in Detroit, fronting the punk band Last Minute while still just a teenager. In the early 90's, LaVere had moved to Nashville, where she played bass in the roots duo The Gabe and Amy Show. By 1999, LaVere had moved to her current home in Memphis. In 2005, she made her acting debut, playing rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. She released her debut album, entitled This World Is Not My Home, in 2006. Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers made a guest appearance on the album, as did several other accomplished musicians. She also added another noteworthy film credit in 2006, playing Jesse in Black Snake Moan, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake.
2007 saw LaVere release her second album, Anchors and Anvils. The album topped out at #6 on the Americana chart and earned LaVere a nomination as "Best New Or Emerging Artist" at the Americana Music Association Awards. In 2011, LaVere released her third studio album, Stranger Me, and was named the "Best Singer in Memphis" for the second straight year. The singer/bass player then teamed up with Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi All-Stars to form a bluegrass group named The Wandering and release the album Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here in 2012. She released another collaborative effort in 2013 with fellow Memphis musician John Paul Keith under the name of Motel Mirrors (both the group name and EP name).
Amy LaVere's next album is due out later this year. The Runaway’s Diary again teams LaVere with Luther Dickinson, this time as her producer, as she tells the stories of her childhood that led her to run away from home at age 15. No release date has been set for the album as of yet.
This should be yet another great roots show at the Gas Lamp and certainly, one you will not want to miss.