Amy LaVere, Woodrow Hart & the Haymaker, Old Grand Dad | Red Line Tap | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Amy LaVere, Woodrow Hart & the Haymaker, Old Grand Dad 

When: Sat., April 11, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $10, $7 in advance
On her terrific recent album Runaway Diary (Archer), Memphis singer and bassist Amy Lavere balances vulnerability with strength and routinely grapples with loneliness, loss, and fragility. Her delicate voice often sounds wounded, with a layer of naif wonder covering up a bitter sense of awareness. On the opener “Rabbit” she wants to leave behind a sense of rootlessness but seems unsure how to, while “Big Sister” employs muted shades of old-school rock ’n’ roll to reflects on the awe, fear, and inadequacy the narrator feels toward an elder sibling. The album was produced by Luther Dickinson—with whom Lavere has been collaborating more and more—and he brings a lovely R&B vibe to the proceedings. It’s at once old-fashioned and contemporary in its hazy finish, but Dickinson wisely uses the arrangements to frame the singer’s beguiling, charming delivery. —Peter Margasak

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