"Her sultry, beguiling pop songs fuse Fiftiesâ€™ proms innocence with Twin Peaks/Angelo Badalamenti noir and the dustiest roadhouse honky tonk".
Thereâ€™s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when sheâ€™s breaking you r heart. She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPRâ€™s Robert Siegel says she â€śspecializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.â€ť 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 Blueâ€™ comes out August 16th on Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany, Greyhounds)
Amyâ€™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. Thereâ€™s no room she canâ€™t find an audience in and charm it to pieces.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, this future bard moved continuously throughout childhood due to her fatherâ€™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 LaVereâ€™s first love. Music fans first discovered this â€śsweet sopranoâ€ť 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 â€śthe break-up album of the yearâ€ť by Spin. Paste said it was â€śamong the yearâ€™s best,â€ť and it earned a first listen feature from NPRâ€™s All Things Considered. She followed it in 2014 with another critical smash: Runawayâ€™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-songwriterâ€™y-sad-n-lonely crap. Heâ€™s got his own agenda and itâ€™s frustrating but also so admirable. My advice is to catch him whenever and however you can, and celebrate this sensitive mountain man while heâ€™s around. - Jonny Fritz