Bettye LaVette takes on British Rock ‘N’ Roll

Interpretations

BETTYE
LAVETTE 'Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook' [Release Date
24/05/2010]

CD I LP

"She has a depth of emotional understanding that surpasses what
many of those singers did in the R&B world back in the '60s and '70s. Bettye
has brought the old methods of her genre into the modern world in a new
way
" -  Pete Townshend

Bettye LaVette
brings the British Invasion home to its American R&B roots on
'Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook'. Produced by Bettye, Rob Mathes and
Michael Stevens, the album is a 13-song journey through compositions by the
Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd among others, concluding
right where the very idea for 'Interpretations' started: Bettye's visceral
rendition of The Who's 'Love Reign O'er Me' from the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors,
which appears here as a bonus track. That performance – which first brought
Bettye together with Stevens (the events producer) and Mathes (it's musical
director) – showcased for an international television audience what her devoted
fanbase already knew: Bettye LaVette is without parallel as an interpreter of
popular song. As the New York Daily News raved, "Bettye LaVette punched a hole
right through her version of Pete Townshend's 'Love Reign O'er Me,' letting all
the song's emotion pour out in a way that its creators never conceived."
Townshend himself came up to Bettye after her performance, took her hands into
his and said, "You made me weep." The success of this performance lead to
another astonishing moment on the national stage, her duet of Sam Cooke's
'Change Is Gonna Come' with Jon Bon Jovi at the Obama Inaugural
Concert.

Now comes
Bettye LaVette's first release since those extraordinary performances. Finding
new excited fans at her shows, Bettye decided to explore more of the repertoire
that had brought her all this attention. From the wistful naiveté of The Moody
Blues' 'Nights in White Satin', which Bettye matures into a deep and unshakeable
lament, to the funky workout of Ringo Starr's 'It Don't Come Easy', Bettye
inhabits these songs, revitalizes them and exposes the humanity that makes these
13 tracks not just pop songs, but enduring works of art.

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