Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette Celebrates Her 50-Year Music Career With The Release Of ‘Thankful N’ Thoughtful’ On Anti- September 24

European Tourdates Confirmed For December

R&B legend Bettye LaVette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her new album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful, on September 24 on ANTI- Records.

Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), Thankful N’ Thoughtful is a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others, which Bettye consumes whole, rearranges deep within her soul and exorcises as her own through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory. Bettye’s voice-rough, tender, sensuous–is her instrument of inspiration and her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.

Thankful N’ Thoughtful opens with the funk injected Bob Dylan cut “Everything Is Broken” and when Bettye moans and howls the title refrain you have no doubt as to the trouble she’s seen. On Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” she slows it down just a bit, then wrings every drop of sweat and blood from each and every syllable till your spine tingles, with “Dirty Old Town” (The Pogues/Rod Stewart), Bettye reworks the lyrical setting to Detroit—singing about her first love at Northern High and the Detroit race riots. Meanwhile, when she takes on The Black Keys’ “I’m Not The One,” the sensual grit of the song sizzles with her all-knowing rasp. “I’m Not the One” is now available at all digital outlets and the video can be seen at:

Every song here is a testament to her life and her unrivaled skill for interpretation. By the time Bettye’s finished recording a track, she has fully inhabited the body and soul of the song. From Young’s “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere,” to Savoy Brown’s “I’m Tired” to the title track “Thankful N’ Thoughtful,” a lesser known gem by Sly & The Family Stone,” Bettye expels every word with such visceral passion, you can feel her in the present moment.

“From my ankle to the top of my head
I’ve taken many chances, Lord
And I could have been dead
I started climbing from the bottom
All the way to the top
Before I knew it I was up there
Ya’ll can believe it or not
And that’s why I’m so thankful
Lord and I’m thoughtful
I think about it all the time
I’m trying to tell ya that I’m thankful
And I’m thoughtful”

Bettye LaVette – Thankful N’ Thoughtful
Format: CD / Label: ANTI- / Release: 24 September 2012

Thankful N’ Thoughtful Track Listing:

1. Everything is Broken (Bob Dylan)
2. I’m Not the One (Daniel Auerbach/Patrick Carney)
3. Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
4. The More I Search (The More I Die) (Kim McLean)
5. I’m Tired (Chris Youlden)
6. Crazy (Brian Burton/Thomas Callaway/Gian Piero Reverberi/Gian Franco Reverberi )
7. Yesterday Is Here (Tom Waits)
8. Thankful N’ Thoughtful (Sly & The Family Stone)
9. Fair Enough (Beth Nielsen Chapman)
10. Time Will Do the Talking (Patty Griffin)
11. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (Neil Young)
12. Dirty Old Town* (slow version)

Bettye LaVette European Tourdates (more to be announced):

05 Dec – Paris (FR) – The Alhambra
07 Dec – Bordeaux (FR) – Casino de Bordeaux
08 Dec – Conflans-Saint-Honorine (FR)  – Theatre Simone Signoret
09 Dec – Lille (F) – Casino de Lille

Website Bettye LaVette : |

Ook op Blues Magazine ...