February 27, 2016
The weekend starts with…
Bettye LaVette – Everything Is Broken
While hardly a house-hold name, Bettye LaVette has been recording her brand of soulful music since her first Top 10 R&B hit in 1962, at the age of 16 (“My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man”). Over the years she bounced around from one record label to another, with stints at both a number of local Detroit labels in the early days, to Altlantic/Atco, Motown, and Epic. In 1978 she released the disco smash “Doin’ The Best That I Can” on West End Records. By the mid-eighties however she gave up recording to take on a six-year run in the Broadway smash Bubbling Brown Sugar.
However, by 2004 she was back at it, and won the W. C. Handy Award that year for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year” for her release of “A Woman Like Me”. She quickly followed up with a string of live performances of note; 2008’s Kennedy Center Honors in a tribute to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, and two 2009 appearances, first at the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, and later that year with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Radio City Music Hall. Her 2010 release “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album (losing to The Derek Trucks Band’s “Already Free”), and in 2013 and 2014, LaVette was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the ‘Contemporary Blues Female Artist’ category.
The opening track of her 2012 release “Thankful N’ Thoughtful”, Bettye does a phenomenal rendition of the Bob Dylan hit “Everything Is Broken”. Crank this up and get ready to get low-down and funky.