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Motel Mirrors

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Motel Mirrors
Motel Mirrors


There's something strange yet familiar about Motel Mirrors - like an old photograph of a place you think you know, but don't quite remember having visited.

The casual chemistry between Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith makes it seem like this happens all the time-boy meets girl, boy plays girl some songs, boy and girl form band. LaVere says: "I've always wanted a duet partner-it was immediately obvious JP's musical taste and aesthetic fit mine perfectly. I wasn't going to let him get away."

If the collaboration was obvious to LaVere, the style was obvious to Keith: he wanted to emulate the classic 50s and 60s country duets - George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. The two dove into their respective record collections, searching for songs they could make their own. And so they became Motel Mirrors. The pair spent that winter with drummer Shawn Zorn, playing residency gigs around Memphis, discovering their sound in those songs and developing original material.

They spent a few days at Music+Arts studio with Jeff Powell (Bob Dylan, The Afghan Whigs, Big Star, Tonic, Stevie Ray Vaughan), tracking mostly live, with very few added accoutrements to their stripped-down three-piece. Krista Wroten Combest dropped by to add some fiddle, Eric Lewis contributed a little lap steel, and they called it a record.

Three covers blend seamlessly with originals by Keith and a co-write for the pair. If you put the needle down and close your eyes, you might mistake yourself for being somewhere else. At another time, in a different town. In a bar, listening to a band of strangers, whose voices are at once, both fleeting and familiar.


  1. Name
  2. Meet Me On The Corner
  3. Your Tender Loving Care
  4. Dearest
  5. Suddenly You
  6. As Far As I'm Concerned
  7. The Best Mistake I'd Ever Make Again
  8. That Makes Two Of Us
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