GEARHART - Known for her acting roles in "Walk The Line," "Black Snake Moan," and "Hustle and Flow," Amy LaVere's alluring vocals find a fine balance between brooding country ballads and funky, jazz-infused Americana, with some sexy grunge thrown in.

The Memphis, Tenn. singer has been called both charming and badass, with performances at once theatrical, playful and exciting - "a tiny lady who plays a giant upright bass" with a sultry-yet-childlike voice that really shines in a live setting."

LaVere is currently touring to promote her latest recording, "Stranger Me," which follows two full-length CDs and a five-song EP. Another recording, "Go On Now You Can't Stay Here," found her with a quartet of distinctive female musicians and singers - Shannon McNally, Valerie June and Sharde Thomas, erstwhile leader of the Rising Star Fife and Drum band. This musical collaboration is known as The Wandering, which also features the string work of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes).

LaVere will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 8, at McMenamins Sand Trap, 1157 N. Marion Ave. There is no cover charge and the show is for all ages. For more information, call (503) 717-8150 or log on to




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