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Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette is a symbol of gritty persistence in the face of music industry indifference. Though she emerged from the same fecund Detroit music community that gave rise to, among many others, Aretha Franklin and the entire early Motown roster, she remained a relative unknown to those outside the most dedicated of soul circles. In the early 2000s, however, LaVette's career underwent a surprising resurgence, and in 2005 she released I'VE GOT MY OWN HELL TO RAISE. The triumphant, critically acclaimed… Show more

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Jan 18, 2008 - Dinkybus
Bettye Lavette

I saw Bettye Lavette on Conan O'Brien last night (Jan. 16th) and was absolutely KNOCKED OUT. I live 50 miles from Detroit, and had never heard of her! I admit I am not much of a consumer of music, but I am wondering why she hasn't got a larger presence around here, and indeed, everywhere. She was great! Her voice has a lot of feeling and character, like a cross between Aretha and Janis Joplin. Her band played PERFECT FUNKY MUSIC, and the overall performance made a convert out of me. Two big thumbs up from this dude.

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