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ROOTS-ROCK | Amy LaVere

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Like Eddie Cochran said: "She's somethin' else." Singer-songwriter and bassist Amy LaVere has been produced by Jim Dickinson (who produced The Replacements' "Pleased To Meet Me," among a billion others); worked at the rock 'n' roll Mecca, Memphis's Sun Studios; slaps the doghouse bass as if it just pinched her ass; and has broken my heart at least three times. Though at home rockin' a little sawdust floor, beer-and-a-shot joints like our own Abilene, LaVere's talent has catapulted her into bigger venues like Bonnaroo and the Austin City Limits Festival. You've seen her on the big screen, too, in "Walk The Line" and "Black Snake Moan." She is enchanting and commanding like a slightly less noir Neko Case. And though she coos cool in a keen contralto full of sugar and spice, the lady knows exactly what she's doing. Have mercy.

Amy LaVere plays Thursday, January 21, at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 8 p.m. $12. abilenebarandlounge.com; amylavere.com.

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