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Bettye is Back.
But THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

Soul icon Bettye LaVette returns with album of
Bob Dylan songs.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED
set for release on Verve Records March 30.

Fall US Tour Dates below

 

“Is there any soul singer who brings more guts, more conviction
and more emotion to her singing?” – NPR

 

 

"Whatever she sings acquires the fierce, confessional intensity of someone
who barely lived to tell the tale." – New York Times

 

NEW YORK, NOV 13, 2017. FOR HER TENTH ALBUM and first album on a major label in nearly 30 years, legendary soul singer
BETTYE LAVETTE takes on the songs of BOB DYLAN with the grit and experience that makes her one of the greatest living soul singers.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED is a masterpiece of interpretation of one of the greatest songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty guest on the Steve Jordan-produced album, which is set for release on Verve Records on March 30.

Since the great 21st century rediscovery of Bettye LaVette returned her to prominence, she has worked extensively in the rock and folk idioms, with her unique takes on songs by the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Fiona Apple, and Dolly Parton. But never before has she devoted an entire album to the material of one songwriter.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED spans more than five decades of Dylan songs, from 1964’s immortal “The Times They Are A-Changin’” up to “Ain’t Talkin’,” the epic final track on his 2006 album Modern Times.

“Other people write songs, but he writes vignettes, more prose than poetry. I didn’t find his words to be pretty so much as they are extremely practical or extremely logical. He can work things like ‘go jump off a ledge’ into a song,” says Bettye.

Bettye has only come face-to-face with Bob Dylan once, at a festival in Italy. Both backstage, Dylan was preparing to go on when his longtime bassist Tony Garnier pointed out Bettye. Dylan immediately stopped, walked over, and grabbed Bettye’s face in his hands and kissed her, and headed out to play his show.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED sees Dylan’s songs seriously transformed: “I had never really listened to It Ain’t Me Babe,“ she says. “But I had to make it more dismissive—not fast and hard, but like a Jimmy Reed tune. And ‘The Times They Are A-Changin,’ I had to flip that all the way round, so we worked up the groove on a beat box. That just made it extremely surprising.”

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THINGS HAVE CHANGED Track List

01. Things Have Changed
02. It Ain't Me Babe
03. Political World
04. Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight
05. Seeing The Real You At Last
06. Mama, You Been On My Mind
07. Ain't Talkin'
08. The Times They Are A-Changin'
09. What Was It You Wanted
10. Emotionally Yours
11. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
12. Going, Going, Gone

 

Tour dates

Fall US Tour Dates - Book tickets here

Friday November 17, The Iridium, New York, NY
Saturday November 18th, The Iridium, New York, NY
Sunday November 19th, The Hamilton Live, Washington, DC

Saturday December 16th, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington, NY
Sunday December 17th, Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis, MD
Wednesday December 20th, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, NY
Friday December 22nd, Outpost in the Burbs at the First Congregational Church, Montclair, NJ

Thursday January 4th, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Friday January 5th, The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
Saturday January 6th, The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL
Sunday January 7th, King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL
Thursday January 11th, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX
Friday January 12th, The Heights Theater, Houston, TX
Saturday January 13th, The Kessler Theater, Dallas, TX

Friday February 9th, The Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
Saturday February 10th, The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT

Thursday April 5th, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Friday April 13th, Old Town School of Folk, Chicago, IL
Thursday April 19th, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Friday April 20th, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Sunday April 22nd, Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR

Book tickets here

 


Precious Moments for Bettye LaVette

Barack Obama - Bettye LaVett  .

 

LaVette & Bon Jovi perform at Inaugural Celebration

Bettye and Jon Bon Jovi had the honor of performing Sam Cooke's revered anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come"
for the Inaugural Celebration "We Are One" at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, January 1 2009.

 

Bettye LaVette Reigns O'er Kennedy Center Honors

"The Kennedy Center Honors was the most exciting thing I have every done in my life, because there were so many of my favorite politicians there", says Grammy-nominated singer, Bettye LaVette. "And this year has been the greatest year of my life. Who would have ever imagined both Barack and I going to the White House?!" - I LOVE to hear this man's voice introducing me... :)

"Bettye LaVette proved to give the powerhouse performance of the evening at the Kennedy Center Honors when she sang her unparalleled version of "Love Reign O'er Me"as part of the Who tribute. The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl recently described his first encounter with Bettye's rendition of the song to Air America's Richard Greene: "We showed up for rehearsal, and one of the performers was rehearsing the song for the Who segment. It was a woman named Bettye LaVette… She is gonna steal the show. She was so phenomenal, this performance of The Who song that she did. It will bring you to tears. The room was pin-drop silent when she did this song, and it was just unbelievable."

Bettye LaVette - Kennedy Center Honors

Show-stealing Bettye LaVette wows fellow artists at the Kennedy Center Honors with her interpretation of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me". On his blog at TheWho.com, the legendary axe-slinger said, "My favorite moment was when Bettye LaVette sang a very fine version of 'Love Reign O'er Me' at the Gala and Barbra Streisand turned to ask me if I really wrote it!"

 

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