Darlin’ duo: Amy LaVere and Will Sexton
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.