Free MP3: Bettye LaVette Does Neil Young



From her recent Joe’s
Pub show.



By Blurt Staff




Soulstress Betty LaVette played to an extremely appreciative
sold-out crowd at Joe’s Pub recently where, for the first time in nearly a
decade, she performed a cabaret style show accompanied only by her piano
player/music director Al Hill. Called “The sexiest female vocalist alive,” by Esquire magazine, Bettye brought the theatricality into her set mixing a viscerally
shattering delivery of songs from every style of popular music from Thelonious
Monk to Bruce Springsteen and chronicling her life stories in between.



According to respected music journalist/author/songwriter
Dimitri Ehrlich in Uptown Social: “She sings, she smolders, she
testifies…standouts included a shiver-inducing cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of
Gold,” as well as re-workings of songs by the Beatles, Ray Charles and her old
friend Otis Redding. LaVette still brings a world of pain to every note. An
extraordinary combination of raw emotion and sublime musical intelligence
enhances a voice hinting at decades of disappointment, cigarettes, tear stained
pillows and benders. Times may have changed, but the yearning and unbearable
soul-bruising are still there.”



The evening included such tunes as Neil Young’s “Heart of
Gold,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” the Buddy Johnson penned timeless “Save
Your Love For Me,” Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight,” the Jerry Butler/Otis
Redding collaborative classic “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” Bettye’s first
single at 16 “My Man-He’s a Lovin’ Man,” the Billy Strayhorn composed standard
“Lush Life,” Sam Cooke’s unforgettable “A Change is Gonna Come,” among others.
Bettye chose to close her show with the gut-wrenching Springsteen number
“Streets of Philadelphia.”



“Heart of Gold” live from Joe’s Pub is now available as a
free MP3 at



In other recent news, Bettye made her Tonight Show debut performing “I Still Want to be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am)” from her
Grammy-nominated CD The Scene of the Crime. On April 4 Bettye will join
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Moby and Donovan, among others
performing at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation’s Change
Begins Within Benefit Concert.





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