Voted by many as the best performance of Bluesfest in 2012, Bettye Lavette is truly returning by popular demand next Easter. Grammy Award nominated soul singer, Bettye LaVette is celebrating a staggering 50 years in the music industry, and we are both thrilled and honoured to welcome her back to the festival.
“Miss LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer”
-New York Times
With declarations such as this from the New York Times, it is not surprising that her 2012 performances captivated festival headliner John Butler, and had a bunch of Bluesfest staff transfixed for her entire jaw dropping set!
Despite being discovered and signed at the age of 16 with the infamous MOTOWN label, her rise to superstar status has been nothing short of what Bettye has described as “...a scramble. The scramble is my story”.
“You’ve got a singer here who is willing to stretch and is not content to live in the safety zone” -Elvis Costello
An exceptional interpreter of song, Bettye delivers through her rough yet tender, sensuous voice. Her dynamic power is evident each song, wringing out the sorrow, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story through these tales of reinvention. By the time Bettye’s finished recording a track, she has fully inhabited its body and soul.
Bettye’s new album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful (2012), features a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley just to name a few. The album has attracted rave reviews;
"She sings, she smoulders, she testifies… standouts included a shiver-inducing cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", as well as re-workings of songs by the Beatles, Ray Charles and her old friend Otis Redding. LaVette still brings a world of pain to every note”. -Uptown Social.
"LaVette's nuanced singing evokes prime Tina Turner with even more command."
- Rolling Stone.
An Artist, a story and a woman not to be missed at this year’s Bluesfest.