Anchors & Anvils

Anchors & Anvils

by Amy LaVere


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There's an offbeat, off-the-cuff quality that makes Amy LaVere's Anchors & Anvils easy to like. First, there's the choice of songs, like the opener, "Killing Him," with LaVere sweetly singing that killing a love interest isn't enough to make the love go away. This, of course, wouldn't be very funny if a man sang it, but LaVere's straight reading and the melancholy fiddle accompaniment find the right balance. Paul Taylor's "Pointless Drinking" falls into a similar groove, a funny-sad song married to a '50s-style melody. The simple arrangements add to the album's left-of-center appeal, with steel guitars, fiddles, and guitars whipping up a lazy mixture that falls somewhere between old rock and country with perhaps a touch of jazz thrown in. At one moment, LaVere and company cover Tex-Mex ("Overcome"), the next, funky rock ("People Get Mad"). Even on a fairly straightforward song like "That Beat," the band brings a carefree joy that commingles well with LaVere's torch singer vocal. Unlike many singer/songwriters, LaVere has pulled good songs from a variety of sources, and even when she borrows a song from a familiar figure like Bob Dylan, she borrows one of his lesser-known songs ("I'll Remember You"). Anchors & Anvils' off-the-cuff qualities help separate the album from run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter product, and because of this, make LaVere more appealing than the average singer/songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Archer Records
UPC: 0822533192720
catalogNumber: 31927
Rank: 183495

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy LaVere   Primary Artist,Vocals,Upright Bass
James Luther Dickinson   Wurlitzer,Toy Piano
Bob Furgo   Violin
Jimbo Mathus   Guitar
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Guitar
Chris Scruggs   Steel Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar
Jason Freeman   Guitar
Jason Freeman   Guitar
Paul Taylor Choristers   Bells
Tommy (T-Bone) Burroughs   Mandolin

Technical Credits

David Schnaufer   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carla Thomas   Composer
James Luther Dickinson   Producer,Audio Production
Brian Dixon   Art Direction
Ward Archer   Executive Producer
Rachel Dennison   Composer
Kevin Houston   Engineer
Amy LaVere   Composer
Paul Taylor   Composer

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