Amy LaVere is often described as a country singer, but her songs roam restlessly through jazz and folk to create spells that are dreamy and hypnotic, vaulting her music past genre boundaries into something far more magical. The Memphis-based singer/upright bassist stirs up engrossing moods on her new album, Painting Blue, which was produced by her husband and bandmate, Will Sexton. “I don’t wanna know about evil/I only wanna know about love,” LaVere purrs on the opening track, “I Don’t Wanna Know,” as dark chords swirl somberly around her. She charts the ups and downs of love on poppy songs such as “No Battle Hymn” and “Not in Memphis,” but LaVere is at her most captivating on such sad ballads as “No Room for Baby,” which instills an air of nameless mystery.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; $18. (310) 828-4497, www.mccabes.com.
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