Bettye Lavette interview attached jazz variations
Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette released "Blackbirds" (Verve) earlier this year which included her stirring rendition of "Strange Fruit." The track says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today. "Strange Fruit" was originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol who wrote the song based on a photo of two black men who were lynched as a crowd of white people looked in the camera pointing and smiling. LaVette's version will be featured on her album, set for release August 28.
Jazz Variation interviewed BL about the album and her storied career. Listen to the attached file.