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Bettye LaVette On World Cafe

With a sound that combines soul with blues, funk, rock, gospel and country, Bettye LaVette has always been hard to classify. After finally garnering mainstream acclaim for 2005 release I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, LaVette is back with Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, a collection of British Invasion covers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and more.

Despite the lofty set of material, LaVette succeeds in her renditions, thanks to her earthy, soulful voice. She completely reworks these tunes, often giving them slower tempos, which really allow her vocals to shine. Hear three songs from the album, performed live in the World Cafe studio.

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