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THANKFUL N’ THOUGHTFUL
At this triumphant time, after 50 years in the business with all her near hits and dear misses, Bettye LaVette has arrived at this place, a Thankful N’ Thoughtful woman, who is still here to tell her tale whether in song or in story.
Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), TN’T 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.
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”
Track listing for Thankful N’ Thoughtful:
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: Thankful N' Thoughtful CD
Thankful N' Thoughtful Double LP - with CD enclosed
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