Two years, many gigs, and one big, busted love affair later, Amy LaVere went into the studio with Jim Dickinson to craft her dark and sexy second album, Anchors and Anvils. She has the whole package, the Memphis music legend says. You run across artists all the time that have part of it, but Amy has it all. And it just keeps growing. Dickinson, whose celebrated work as a musician includes classic records with Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers) and Bob Dylan, captured Amy and band at his Zebra Ranch recording barn/'art project' in rural Mississippi. As a producer, you take the artist out to the edge of the cliff, where they have to learn to trust you, Dickinson explains. And of course, you push 'em off. A lot of them fall. But Amy has the wings to fly. In fact, I think it's one of the best records I've ever made.