Dave Alvin, Exene Cervenka to Headline Tribute Contest For Musician and Friend

Written by on October 20, 2009

Fans of L.A. roots music recently mourned the loss of one of the more prominent fiddler/songwriters of the genre earlier this month, Amy Farris, at the young age of 40. The in-demand session musician was also considered a rising star as her career took of after moving to the City of Angels from Austin, Texas. In addition to her solo projects, Farris had worked with several famous musicians including founding Blaster Dave Alvin and X’s Exene Cervenka, who will headline a special tribute concert in her honor on Wednesday, October 21st at the Continental Club.

An interesting side note to Farris’ relationship with Cervenka: an L.A. Times obituary revealed through talking with the X co-founder, that they met while the band was on tour in the 80s and Farris was a teen.

Alvin recently chose Farris as a member of a band project known as The Guilty Women, who will also play in the show.

Yep Roc Records, had this to say about Farris in an e-mail sent to fans and media:

Farris, 40, was an accomplished musician, a beloved human of light and a giant heart with sparkling eyes, packed into a pint-sized frame. An Austin native, Amy moved to Los Angeles to expand her music career and talent for playing violin, viola, cello, mandolin and some of the sweetest vocal harmonies ever recorded.

Other musicians Farris worked with include Stan Ridgway, Peter Case and Brian Wilson. More information on the October 21 Austin tribute concert can be found on Dave Alvin’s website. Yep Roc Records says there will likely be another memorial concert for Farris on November 8th in Los Angeles.

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