Come May 26, Bettye LaVette will bring the British invasion home to its American R&B roots, looking to the past for inspiration while uncovering common ancestry in seemingly divergent musical avenues. For when it comes to baring her soul, Bettye does it in song, each one revealing a new aspect of both the song and the person singing it.
Bettye LaVette is often compared by the music critics and cognescenti to both Tina and Aretha, and she arrives at the Colonial Theatre on May 26 at 8pm. LaVette’s smooth and sultry voice will bring the blues to life and touch the audience’s souls.
In 1962 Bettye LaVette’s first single, “My Man–He’s a Loving Man,” was released. The record charted #7 R&B and put her on her first national tour, with Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter and Otis Redding. There was no stopping her after that. LaVette went on to record a string of hits throughout the years, including “Let me Down Easy,” “He Made a Woman out of Me,” “Do Your Duty,” “Thank You for Loving Me” and “Right in the Middle (Of Falling in Love).”