Died of Love
By James Calemine
Amy LaVere's Jim Dickinson-produced Anchors & Anvils set the bar high. The disc received a lot of well-deserved attention. Died of Love stands as a five-song EP that really showcases LaVere's band--drummer Paul Taylor and guitarist Steve Selvidge. These recordings capture the band's live dynamic.
From LaVere's opening stand-up bass lines on the haunting traditional song she arranged--"Died of Love"--it's quite evident her group proves beyond formidable. LaVere's emotive voice unlocks something in the cells. Her eerie rendition of Tom Waits' "Green Grass" evokes a resonant moment when she sings the line: "God took the stars and just tossed them/I can't tell the birds from the blossoms..."
Son of Memphis musician Cid Selvidge, Steve Selvidge sings lead on the blues-ridden "Lazarus" and showcases his immense guitar talent. Selvidge's guitar playing serves as the backbone of this group's sound. The sultry cover of Kristi Witt's "Washing Machine" serves as a perfect song for LaVere to sing. LaVere exists as one of Memphis' musical gems. She recently appeared in Craig Brewer's $5 Cover, pursued acting, participated in countless Memphis collaborations and performed in a recent benefit for Jim Dickinson.