BETTYE LAVETTE with LAURA RAIN & THE CAESARS, GREG NAGY BAND and RJ’S GANG with KENNY PARKER.
It's been a long time coming, 1962-2012, but a combination of Bettye's confidence in her talent and the appreciation by her audiences during those years, has finally brought her to this place where we can celebrate a talent that, like fine wine, has improved with age.
At the heart of the Bettye LaVette story, whether sung as a song or narrated in a book, is the notion of creative survival. It is her voice that both announces and ensures that survival; it is her voice that, no matter how dire the circumstances, lets you know that she will not be denied. It is her voice that compels you to listen to every word she says, sings or writes. That voice - rough, tender, sensuous and soaring - is an instrument of inspiration.