Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Any of Bettye LaVette's talents would be enough for one entertainer -her soulful, smoldering vocals, her all-at-once commanding AND playful on-stage presence, her honesty about her hard luck past -but as it is all together in one extraordinary singer, it's a mighty powerful experience to be on the receiving end of one of her performances, whether it's live or on record. For the last nine years of her over-50- year career, she has been working her way into the lives of many who never knew her and some who had forgotten about her, with outstanding recent albums like I've Got My Own Hell To Raise and The Scene Of the Crime. Now, the A Change Is Gonna Come EP has been released exclusively on iTunes, and she re-visits her 1970's stage and nightclub repetoire for a 6-song run through some soul and jazz classics. Check out a few of her songs, plus new tunes by Delbert McClinton, Kate Taylor and David Gray on the latest mvyradio Uncharted Waters.