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When Amy LaVere Met John Entwhistle

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The current issue of Bass Player magazine has a nice full-page profile of Memphis’ own Amy LaVere. In addition to offering a quick look at the remarkable career of this singer and stand-up-bass artist — which includes stints with the Gabe and Amy Show, her just-released solo album This World Is Not My Home, and even a small role in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line — the article recounts the time that LaVere met John Entwistle, famed bass player for The Who, when he was paying a visit toMemphis several years ago.

According to LaVere, she was playing a gig here with her big standup bass, when Entwistle — widely regarded as one of the best bassists in rock-and-roll — came up to her after the show. “He told me that my slap technique was brilliant,” she says, “but that I was wasting all my energy on ‘that giant piece of shit’. He said I needed to get myself a Fender Precision [electric bass guitar] and then I’d have something.”

Want to know what LaVere thought of Entwistle’s sage advice? You’ll have to check out the Bass Player article.

And while you’re at it, don’t miss some of the Flyer’s own coverage of LeVere.

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