Soul Talkin': Bettye Lavette 2018 SoulMusic.com

Soul Talkin’: Bettye Lavette 2018 SoulMusic.com

“I can sing, I know a lot of songs, I got a lot of dresses, a lot of wigs and high heel shoes!” Bettye Lavette, March 2018 on being a soul survivor, in every sense of the term

Remarkably, with five decades of recording to her credit, the indeed remarkable Bettye Lavette has actually only had full album releases with two other major labels up until now – a 1972 LP for Atco that never saw the light of day until decades later and a 1982 set for Motown.  On the famed Verve imprint, Things Have Changed is Bettye’s take on a dozen songs penned by Bob Dylan, given her own distinctive and uniquely soulful interpretation.   In this interview with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan (who has been listening to Bettye since 1965 and interviewing her since the ’70s), the tell-it-like-it-is one-of-a-kind song stylist shares about the project and a career that has finally taken her into prominence within the last decade…

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