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Feb. 14: Memphis-Based Singer/Songwriter Amy Lavere

Performance will be in Halling Recital Hall.

2016-02-15
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-18-2016

Mankato, Minn. -- Amy LaVere, with acoustic guitarist Will Sexton, will perform on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State University, Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Hailed by critics as “a uniquely Memphis blend of grit and delicacy” and “filled with just enough charm to melt the heart,” Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, bass player, and storyteller. She has recorded five releases on the Archer Records label – This World Is Not My Home (2005), Anchors & Anvils (2007), an EP, Died of Love (2009), and Stranger Me (2011). Her latest, Runaway’s Diary (2015), is inspired in part by a very short but real runaway experience LaVere embarked upon as a teenager. LaVere also played pioneering rockabilly femme Wanda Jackson in “Walk the Line” and appeared in Craig Brewer's film “Black Snake Moan.”

The London Times says LaVere “takes the audience into a world where R&B tunes, country waltzes, rockabilly shuffles, and funky Americana music are welded together and given a slightly Gothic twist.” USA Today calls LaVere’s latest CD, Runaway, "gentle and world-weary, evoking a young girl's vulnerability."

Will Sexton is an artist developed by the unique diversity of the Austin (Texas) music scene, which placed him on stage with local legends at an early age. Many of the sounds of his childhood still resonate in his current work. Sexton has a wide range of credits as a musician, producer and songwriter, from collaborations with Waylon Jennings, to punk legend Johnny Thunders. Sexton has written for MCA and Almo Irving, and recorded for MCA, A&M, and Zoo Entertainment. Sexton was in the New Folk Underground with David Baerwald, which resulted in the co-produced (w/ David Kitay) Lost Highway release Here Comes the New Folk Underground.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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