Bettye LaVette

.Two time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric.
She was born Betty Jo Haskin on January 29,1946, in Muskegon, Michigan. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Bettye did not get her start in the church, but was weaned on the C&W and R&B records of the time that were playing on the juke box in her parent's living room.
In 1962, at 16, she became Bettye LaVette. Her first single was "My Man--He’s a Loving Man" on Atlantic Records. The record charted #7 R&B and put her on her first national tour, with Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter, and other Atlantic stars of the time.
She worked alongside Charles "Honi" Coles, and Cab Calloway in the Toni Award winning Broadway musical, "Bubbling Brown Sugar" in the role of Sweet Georgia Brown
Her CD, A Woman Like Me won the W.C. Handy Award in 2004 for "Comeback Blues Album of the Year". She was given a prestigous Pioneer Award by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
In 2005, she signed with ANTI- Records and released the critically acclaimed CD, I've Got MY Own Hell To Raise, consisting of songs that were written by women. 2007 brought her together with alt-rock group Drive-By Truckers for the Grammy nominated CD, The Scene of The Crime.
She has received the Blues Music Award for “Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer”. She performed a critically acclaimed version of "Love Reign O'er Me" at The Kennedy Center Honors in a tribute to The Who. A critical favorite, the producers had her perform "A Change Is Gonna Come" with Jon Bon Jovi for President elect Barack Obama on HBO's telecast of the kick-off Inaugural Celebratory concert, We Are One.
Her CD, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook garnered a second Grammy nomination.
In 2012 she released both a new album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, and her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, written with David Ritz.
Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today, as opposed to resting on past laurels and recreating sounds of the past.

St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Paul is a young man who began wailing straight out of the womb, and most folks would agree that he hasn't stopped since. "Oh what a set of lungs that child has," they'd say, "he must be destined for something special." Not wishing to disappoint, and being a good young southern boy, Paul began singing in church, stretching those vocal cords with an eye toward becoming a man of the cloth. As it turns out, however, the cloth didn't appreciate young Paul's affinity for dirty jokes, Prince, and Tom Waits, and he was inclined to search elsewhere for co-conspirators. He began plying his trade with whomever would have him, and happily, folks were mostly impressed by his efforts. With a wholly re-imagined take on the sounds he'd grown up singing and seeking, Paul recruited a rag-tag band of loveable weirdoes, visionaries, and hacks to help him harness the power he now knew he possessed. Under the nom du guerre St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the motley crew roams the countryside looking to get cabooses shakin', faces meltin', and brothers and sisters everywhere testifyin'.

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Bettye LaVette with St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Tuesday, January 7 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live Philadelphia