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Bettye LaVette


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KXCL: A Neon Jazz Interview Bettye LaVette
Bettye's first appearance on Late Night 07/28/05
Stern Grove Festival's Best of the Fest: Episode 7 - Celebrating Women
Michael Dorf's The Music of....
1 I Hold No Grudge (Nina Simone)  
2 One More Song (Sharon Robinson)  
3 Blues For the Weepers (Della Reese)  
4 Book Of Lies (Ruth Brown)  
5 Romance In The Dark (Lil Green)  
6 Drinking Again (Dinah Washington)  
7 Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday)  
8 Save Your Love For Me (Nancy Wilson)  
9 Blackbird (The Beatles)  
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Song to be featured on her upcoming album "Blackbirds," a tribute to iconic black women in music on August 28

"It really is horrifying that nearly 80 years later, through Billie's lifetime and now my 74 years, the meaning of this song still applies. It might not be men and women hanging from trees, but these public executions are now on video and it feels like they're doing it for sport. I hope the song will be a reminder that we have had enough, and I support the Black Lives Matter movement," said LaVette.

Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette has released a new track, "One More Song." The song, written by Sharon Robinson, is the third song to be released from Blackbirds, out on August 28 via Verve Records. 

Blackbirds features songs primarily popularized by some of her peers, other iconic women in music, who she personally respected and admired. The album finds LaVette in top form delivering powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. It also re-unites her with producer Steve Jordan.

From Dinah Washington's "Drinking Again," Nina Simone's "I Hold No Grudge," Nancy Wilson's "Save Your Love For Me" and more, all delivered in LaVette's rich and raspy tone with a touch of the blues.

Bettye LaVette is a native of Detroit. Her first recording in 1962, at the age of sixteen, was on Atlantic Records. She later charted with such singles as "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" and "Do Your Duty," Since then she has recorded ten albums. Her most recent album Things Have Changed, also produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), was released on Verve in 2018 and received two GRAMMY nominations, which brings her total Grammy nominations to five.

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