Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Chris LaVancher: I guess I’m something of a late bloomer – releasing my first CD (Roadside Attractions 2012) at the age of 44. Music has always been a big part of my life, but I didn’t start writing songs in earnest until my son was born in 1996. That little guy changed my life in a lot of ways, but none so much as providing me the opportunity and excuse to play and sing him to sleep every night. I’d still be in his room long after his eyes closed, noodling on the guitar and finding new bits of songs.
I tend to write character driven songs, from a farm girl’s beauty-queen-moment in the 4th of July parade, to the wild cast of characters in a run down traveling circus, to the gun-toting rube who falls victim to a young con-girl and her boy friend Elvis. Darius Rips of Oliver di Place music blog says “LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” And when I featured at the Music in Melrose coffee house they said “His work speaks of love and loss, of dreams and schemes, all delivered from the heart-felt place of a keen observer of the human condition.”
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