Bettye LaVette © Mark Seliger
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Bettye LaVette © Mark Seliger
Music Soul music Blues
Soul queen Bettye LaVette, her pipes intact at 72, brings a slinky ferocity to her Dylan covers album The Guardian
★★★★  “The tricks and miracles of Things Have Changed are manifold.” – Rolling Stone

Bettye LaVette began her career in 1962, at the age of 16, in Detroit, Michigan. She recorded for numerous major labels, including Atco, Epic, and Motown, over the course of the 1960s through the 1980s. In the 2000's she had a career resurgence and recorded multiple CDs, received a prestigious Pioneer Award by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, a Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer and Best Soul Blues Female Artist and was nominated for 3 GRAMMYs.

At 72 years old, she is still performing with the ferocity of a woman half her age. She is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today.

Now, in her 55th year in show business, she has recorded an album of all Bob Dylan songs, “Things Have Changed.” She will be performing the album in its entirety, along with other songs from throughout her career.

“Taking liberties with such revered material is always a risky move, but the soul singer makes these songs feel new again, subverting them and, in the process, finding new layers of meaning within them.”   – Slant Magazine
video: Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed
Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed
Bettye LaVette © Mark Seliger