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Now Hear This: Bettye LaVette | Blackbirds

I'm still getting caught up on all the good albums I missed last week. Like this one.

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THE PRESS RELEASE:Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette’s new album Blackbirds features songs primarily popularized by some of her peers, other iconic women in music, who she personally loved, respected and admired. The album finds LaVette in top form, delivering powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. From Dinah Washington’s Drinking Again, Nina Simone’s I Hold No Grudge, Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Nancy Wilson’s Save Your Love For Me and more, all are delivered in LaVette’s rich and raspy tone and a touch of the blues. Bettye Lavette is a native of Detroit who made her first recording in 1962 at the age of 16. She later toured with the James Brown Review and charted with such singles as He Made A Woman Out Of Me and Do Your Duty. Since then she has recorded 10 albums. Her most recent album Things Have Changed, produced by Steve Jordan, was released in 2018 and received two Grammy nominations.”