26 November 2012

Bettye LaVette plays London JazzCafe on Tuesday December 11

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette plays London JazzCafe on Tuesday December 11

R&B legend Bettye LaVette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her new album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful, released by ANTI-Records in the UK on Monday 1st October.

Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), Thankful N’ Thoughtful features a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others.

Bettye consumes the songs in their entirety, rearranges them deep within her soul and exorcises them as her own, through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory.

Bettye’s voice is rough, tender, and sensuous. Her voice is her instrument of inspiration; her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.

Bettye will support the European release of the album with a string of concerts in the UK and Europe during December 2012. She will perform one date in the UK only at the London’s JazzCafe.

JazzCafe, London
Tuesday 11th December 2012
Tickets from: £22.50 / Doors 19:00
Table Reservations: 0207 688 8899
Ticketmaster: 0844 847 2514, See Tickets: 0870 0603 777
HMV Tickets: 0843 221 0100, JazzCafe Box Office: 0207 485 6834
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JazzCafe, 5, Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG

Thankful N’ Thoughtful opens with the funk injected Bob Dylan cut Everything Is Broken and when Bettye moans and howls the title refrain you have no doubt as to the trouble she’s seen.

On Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, she slows it down just a bit, then wrings every drop of sweat and blood from each and every syllable till your spine tingles, with Dirty Old Town (The Pogues/Rod Stewart), Bettye reworks the lyrical setting to Detroit - singing about her first love at Northern High and the Detroit race riots.

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