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Bettye LaVette - Blackbirds makes 'Americana Music Show: Best of 2020'

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Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette is a native of Detroit. Her first recording in 1962, at the age of sixteen, was on Atlantic Records. She later charted with such singles as "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" and "Do Your Duty," Since then she has recorded ten albums. Her album Things Have Changed, produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), was released on Verve in 2018 and received two GRAMMY nominations, which brings her total Grammy nominations to five.

LaVette latesT release 'Blackbirds,' also via Verve Records and also produced by Steve Jordan, features songs primarily popularized by some of her peers, other iconic women in music, who she personally respected and admired. LaVette is in top form delivering powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. 

From Dinah Washington's "Drinking Again," Nina Simone's "I Hold No Grudge," Nancy Wilson's "Save Your Love For Me" and more, all delivered in LaVette's rich and raspy tone with a touch of the blues.

'Blackbirds' makes The Americana Music Show's 'Best of 2020' and Calvin Powers reviews the recording writing;

If there's anyone left in the United States that needs to be convinced about treating people with respect and kindness without regard to race, just sit them down and have them listen to Bettye LaVette's Blackbirds album from front to back. By the time they get to her intepretation of The Beatles' "Blackbird," their mind will be changed. No riots needed.