Amy LaVere featuring Wil Sexton + Izaak Opatz

The Running Horse, Nottingham

Wednesday 5th Feb 2020 7:30pm


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£13.20 inc. booking fee

£12.00 face value

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"Her sultry, beguiling pop songs fuse Fifties’ proms innocence with Twin Peaks/Angelo Badalamenti noir and the dustiest roadhouse honky tonk".

There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking you r heart. She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits. Her latest album Painting Blue’ comes out August 16th on Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany, Greyhounds)

Amy’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be a natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery are constants. Her voice is at once the bully and the victim. There’s no room she can’t find an audience in and charm it to pieces.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, this future bard moved continuously throughout childhood due to her father’s job. Amy formed her first band and began writing and performing. Despite a burgeoning acting career that saw her land a cameo role in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line and Black Snake Moan, music remains LaVere’s first love. Music fans first discovered this “sweet soprano” on This World is Not My Home in 2005, 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 it 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 (North Mississippi Allstars).

Opatz is a mountain man (from Montana)! His songs teeter on the edge of sentimental-songwriter’y-sad-n-lonely crap. He’s got his own agenda and it’s frustrating but also so admirable. My advice is to catch him whenever and however you can, and celebrate this sensitive mountain man while he’s around. - Jonny Fritz



Venue Address

  • 16 Alfreton Road

Venue Age Restriction

  • Over 18s only