Dar­lin’ duo: Amy LaVere and Will Sex­ton

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Amy LaVere is known for belt­ing out her own brand of honky-tonk Mem­phis blues in a voice that sounds like it be­longs to a lit­tle girl. This voice cre­ates a sur­pris­ing and stark con­trast to her life-weary lyrics on 2014’s Run­away’s Di­ary, a nar­ra­tive con­cept al­bum about a teenage girl rid­ing the rails to get away from her fam­ily. She has said the al­bum is par­tially au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal: She took great artis­tic lib­er­ties in telling the story of the time she and a friend ran away from Detroit but only made it as far as the bus sta­tion in Chicago. Her most re­cent al­bum, Hal­lelu­jah I’m

a Dreamer, com­pris­ing duets with her hus­band, gui­tarist Will Sex­ton, is jazz­ier in na­ture than Run­away’s Di­ary, as well as more in­ti­mate and ro­man­tic, recorded in Jan­uary 2015 af­ter they spent sev­eral months on the road. The pair re­cently kicked off a Western states tour; they play at Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, Sept. 24. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance, avail­able at www.brown­pa­pertick­ets.com, or $25 at the door. — J.L.

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