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Bettye LaVette began her career in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "My Man - He's a Lovin' Man." (Mountain Stage)

Bettye LaVette On Mountain Stage

Apr 14, 2014

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After that first hit, LaVette's fame was somewhat intermittent, with releases on regional record labels. In 2000, a French record label released LaVette's recordings from 1972. Thanks to that album and a 2003 release, long-deserved accolades began to roll in. Praise for LaVette continued since that point, especially with her 2005 release I've Got My Own Hell To Raise, in addition to a collaboration with the Drive-By Truckers. On this Mountain Stage appearance, she performs with her band. They put an R&B spin on songs from Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Bob Seeger. Bettye LaVette.

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Bettye LaVette appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Based in Detroit, the R&B singer began her career with Atlantic Records in the early '60s and scored a Top 10 hit with her debut single, "My Man — He's a Lovin' Man." Through the years, LaVette continued to release albums on regional labels, and even joined the touring company of the Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar.

In the early 2000s, a French record label issued a previously unreleased disc that LaVette had recorded for Atlantic in 1972. Long-deserved accolades began to roll in, including a W.C. Handy Award for Comeback Blues Album of the Year. She released I've Got My Own Hell to Raise on a U.S. label, and her 2007 Drive-By Truckers collaboration The Scene of the Crime was nominated for a Grammy.

LaVette appears here with her own band, covering material by the likes of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Bob Seger.

Set List

  • "Everything Is Broken"
  • "Yesterday Is Here"
  • "Like A Rock"
  • "The More I Search"
  • "Before The Money Came (The Battle Of Bettye LaVette)"
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