Bettye LaVette - “The Great Lady of Soul” - Official Website

Bettye LaVette - The Official Website

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"Survivor Unleashes a Voice Overflowing With Passion"

"Bettye LaVette got down to business within minutes after her set began on Friday night at Joe's Pub. ''Pain,'' she sang, on one fierce, annunciatory note, then shouted, ''Ow!'' Her band locked into a vamp, with horns answering a bluesy guitar. ''Pain,'' she sang again, in two notes leaping downward. ''Ow!'' 

"Down-home LaVette sings with a sting" - PIONEER PRESS

"LOWELL PICKETT says he booked Bettye LaVette into his Dakota Jazz Club because he read a rave review in the New York Times of her performance at a Big Apple jazz club. But one listen to her "A Woman in Me," recorded in 2002 with Robert Cray producer Dennis Walker, shows that she's one of the grittiest, most deeply felt R&B singers on the planet."


"Bettye LaVette held nothing back at Dakota" - STAR TRIBUNE

"Monday night was the opening of the third season of "American Idol," the TV talent show to find the best young undiscovered singers in the United States. Monday was also the opening of a three-night stand at the Dakota Jazz Club for Bettye LaVette, the best 'old' undiscovered R&B singer in the United States."


"Long after Motor City sputter, LaVette comeback in overdrive"

"The Motor City was burning red-hot in the 1960s for female R&B singers: Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Martha Reeves ... and Bettye LaVette. While LaVette's career rise was certainly not as meteoric as the other aforementioned Detroit vocalists, she now is enjoying a resurgence on the blues/R&B circuit. LaVette, who's on the bill tonight at the Shubert Theatre, sees a positive side of avoiding instant stardom."


Bettye LaVette: "The Great Unknown" - Wisconsin State Journal

"Rhythm-and-blues belter Bettye LaVette should be famous. Her show at Luther's Blues Saturday night should be a momentous event. Her albums should be easy to find. Her bio should find space in music encyclopedias. Instead, the lively LaVette, who recorded her first major label single at age 16, finds herself in classy, small clubs. She'll also play lengthy nightclub stints in New York and Paris this year."


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Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

"Bettye LaVette brings the British Invasion home to its American R&B roots.




The Scene Of The Crime

Bettye Lavette and The Drive By Truckers collaborate on this one-of-a-kind record filled with mini-dramas about life, love and survival. Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated CD.



I've Got My Own Hell To Raise

"A forceful, timely reminder that soul thrives on the singer and not the song, LaVette doesn't so much cover these songs as reinvent them from the inside out."



A Woman Like Me

"Perhaps the best female soul release in years. Buy this CD. It will not leave your CD player. When you have sympathetic live musicians, an understanding producer and the great, great Bettye LaVette on board, the perfect CD can be created."



Do Your Duty

"For many longtime LaVette devotees, her recordings for the Silver Fox label, and its parent company SSS International, rank with the artist’s finest work. Do Your Duty collects the 11 classic solo sides that LaVette cut for Silver Fox and SSS in 1969 and 1970, including her beloved R&B hits “He Made a Woman Out of Me” and “Do Your Duty.” 



Tell Me A Lie

"Bettye LaVette recorded this album for Motown in 1982. Critically acclaimed at the time of its release but totally at odds with what Motown was then recording, "Tell Me A Lie" sounds as fresh today as it did when originally released." 



Let Me Down Easy:
Live in Concert

LaVette claims that live performance is where she blows away the competition. Hearing this monster set recorded at the 1999 Blues Estafette festival in Utrecht, Holland, one would be hard pressed to argue with her.