Singer, songwriter and actress Amy LaVere had a plan for her third album. She planned to record it with Jim Dickson, who had produced 2007’s “Anchors and Anvils,” and with her band, which included guitarist Steve Selvidge and drummer Paul Taylor, LaVere’s boyfriend of six years.
Then things went awry.
Dickinson died in August of 2009. Selvidge left to join the Hold Steady. And she broke up with Taylor. Not a great way to go into a new project, and LaVere felt somewhat triumphant when she brought out “Stranger Me” in July.
“It definitely felt like a long time,” says the Memphis-based LaVere, who worked on the new album with Arcade Fire engineer Craig Silvey. “But I was so busy the first two years touring ‘Anchors & Anvils,’ so it was like this record was slow to grow but wouldn’t die at the same time.
“With everything that happened, it was kind of good to wait that extra year. It just turned into four because of so many different circumstances.”
The Louisiana-born LaVere’s show this weekend brings her to one of the many homes she lived in as the daughter of a General Motors plant executive, based in Pontiac. She graduated from Brandon High School and played in the punk band Last Minute, and she also has a sister living in Rockwood.
“I still have a lot of friends there, too, so it’s a special place,” says LaVere, whose acting credits include “Walk the Line” and “Black Snake Moan.” “I played at Saint Andrews Hall a few times, down at Paychecks (in Hamtramck). But all my family is completely dispersed all over the country, so there’s not really a home base anymore. I just create one wherever I’m at.”
Amy LaVere and Paulina Jayne perform Friday, Aug. 5, in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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