Bettye LaVette new release Blackbirds

covers of female singers

Blackbirds features songs primarily popularized by women who were the “bridge she came across on.” The album finds LaVette in top form with powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. From Dinah Washington’s “Drinking Again,” Nina Simone’s “I Hold No Grudge” and more, they are all delivered in LaVette’s rich & raspy tone. Blackbirds honors LaVette’s heritage as an R&B singer and the women who came before her. LaVette A&R’d and sequenced the record herself – her first true curation.


Bettye LaVette
Blackbirds

Label: Verve
Release date: 8 May 2020

Tracks
1. I Hold No Grudge
2. One More Song
3. Blues For The Weepers
4. Book Of Lies
5. Romance In The Dark
6. Drinking Again
7. Strange Fruit
8. Save Your Love For Me
9. Blackbird