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Blackbirds Limited Vinyl LP

by Bettye LaVette

Release Date: 28 August 2020

Format: LP Vinyl

Label: Verve

£16.99

Bettye LaVette Blackbirds Limited Vinyl LP

Overview:

This Spring, five time Grammy nominee and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette will release a new album, “Blackbirds,” produced by Steve Jordan, on Verve Records. It features songs primarily popularized by women who were the “bridge she came across on.” These women helped to set the stage for Bettye and her contemporaries. Set for a May 8th release, the album finds LaVette in top form with 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, they are all delivered in LaVette’s rich and raspy tone and a touch of the blues.
Blackbirds takes Bettye back to her roots, honoring her heritage as an R&B singer and the women who came before her. LaVette A&R’d and sequenced the record herself her first true curation.
Along with the new album, she’s also confirmed for a series of live dates, including the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 23 and will headline the WFUV FM Bash in the main room at the new City Winery in New York on Friday May 15th. The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held May 6 in Memphis, TN.
Bettye Lavette is a native of Detroit who made her first recording in 1962 at the age of sixteen. 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 ten albums. Her most recent album Things Have Changed, also produced by Steve Jordan, was released on Verve in 2018 and received two Grammy nominations.
LaVette’s most recent album, Things Have Changed , a collection of Bob Dylan interpretations, was released to widespread critical acclaim with Rolling Stone noting “LaVette has re emerged as one of the foremost interpreters and shapers of popular song”

Featured Tracks:

1. I Hold No Grudge
2. One More Song
3. Blues for the Weepers
4. Book of Lies
5. Romance in the Dark

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