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The River Series: Amy LaVere and Will Sexton

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There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking your 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. She’s performed in venues as wide-ranging as St. Andrew’s Hall in London and Memphis’ famed dive bar Earnestine and Hazel’s. 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. She spent notable parts of her life in Canada, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. Outside of Detroit and only just entering high school, Amy formed her first band and began writing and performing.  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).  American Songwriter called it “boundary pushing… heartfelt, reflective, challenging and consistently compelling.” NPR Music’s Robert Christgau said it was her best yet.  Of Hallelujah I’m A Dreamer (Archer Records, 2015) No Depression said simply: “pure bliss.”

Her most recent album, 2019's Painting Blue, was produced by Will Sexton, received a four stars from MOJO and wound up on several Top 10 lists. As we’ve come to expect, the record is honest, revealing and sounds uniquely like no one else.

Will Sexton, whose writing credits range from work with Waylon Jennings and Stephen Stills to Joe Ely and Bill Carter, is shaped by the unique diversity of the Austin music scene. Fate and his own sheer talent placed him on stage with local legends before he’d lived out his first decade. Will and his big brother, Charlie, started playing together at the Continental Club when Will was 9 and Charlie was 11. Many of the sounds of his childhood still resonate in his current work. Will received early success in Austin and was signed by MCA at age 16. He was active as a songwriter, performer and producer over the next two decades in Austin, working with the New Folk Underground, Steve Earle and Roky Erickson among others.

After rehabilitating from a mild stroke in 2009, Sexton met fellow singer-songwriter Amy LaVere and the couple married and moved to Memphis. He quickly became a key cog in the Memphis music scene as well as the leader of the house band at Bruce Watson's Mississippi-based Delta-Sonic studio. His most recent release is the critically-acclaimed solo album Don't Walk the Darkness from 2020.

The River Series is a fund-raiser for the Maria Montessori School. We host three shows at our on-campus amphitheater every spring and fall, bringing an eclectic mix of local and touring acts together for performances at a truly special place in Downtown Memphis. The series is sponsored by Wiseacre Brewing, Regional One Health, Miss Cordelia's, Shoulder Tap, Tom Martin Design and NOXIDNAIRB and curated and produced by Goner Records.

This season we will host two special, socially distant shows. There will only be 100 total tickets sold for each.

Schedule:

Doors / DJ: 5pm

Live Music begins at 6pm

For more information visit www.riverseries.org.


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