bettye lavette

So The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were recognized at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors. I, snobbishly, questioned picking Townshend and Daltrey (not a big Who fan here). Bettye LaVette made me realize I was wrong. She sang “Love Reign O’er Me”. It’s chilling. It inspired me to get I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Unbelievable.

5 thoughts on “bettye lavette”

  1. You should pick up the album she did with the Drive By Truckers. It’s called “Scene of the Crime” and it is awesome.

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  2. She’s opened my ears to lots of other things. Got that one. Plus, “A woman like me” and Solomon Burke’s “Don’t Give Up on Me”. Burke is unbelievable. Why haven’t you told me about this stuff, Brady? I’m pissed at you. What else am I missing in my life?

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  3. It may be that you’ve just heard the wrong stuff by the Who. I think their “best of” album, for instance, is possibly the single clearest instance of a misnomer Best Of, since the real Best of the Who is just their album Who’s Next. (I’m not a huge fan of the Tommy stuff.)

    Thanks for the video, it’s great (and I’d never heard of Bettye LaVette). In the vein of Who covers that massively improve on the original, I hope you’re familiar with Patti Smith’s “My Generation.”

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  4. Well, Shamus, if I was to tell you about this stuff it would totally skew the data on my super-secret study of musical tastes among academics.

    That said, you might dig Jimmy Norman’s “Little Pieces” record. (He’s the guy who wrote the Stones’ version of ‘Time is on my side’.) It’s kind of Solomon Burke-ish, maybe a little more mellow.

    Also, if you’re in the mood for something more Appalachian, Levon Helm’s “Dirt Farmer” is just excellent, especially considering he recorded it after a bout of throat cancer.

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  5. You won’t be disappointed with I’ve got my own hell to raise, it’s stunning. Since other people are making suggestions, here’s a couple:

    “Crossing Muddy Waters” – John Hiatt
    “Time (The Revelator)” – Gillian Welch
    “Nothing But the Water” – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

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