Bettye LaVette: Thankful N’ Thoughtful

Bettye LaVette Thankful N’ Thoughtful (Anti-) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars If soul singer Bettye Lavette has proven anything during her stunning mid-life comeback that picked up steam with 2005’s move to Anti-, it’s that you don’t need to … Continued

BEHIND THE SONG: “A Change Is Gonna Come”

When Bettye LaVette performed “A Change Is Gonna Come,” in duet with Jon Bon Jovi, at the first inaugural concert for President Obama, a new generation of listeners was introduced to a classic composition by one of the most influential writers and vocalists in pop history, Sam Cooke. In the 45 years since it was first released, “Change” has grown into an anthem of the civil rights movement, an epitaph for a great performer, and an iconic piece of music.

Joe Henry: Thrum

The album’s sound is akin to Van Morrison at his most impressionistic.

George Jones, “Choices”

"'Choices' was pitched all over Nashville and ultimately passed on by most all who heard it," songwriter Billy Yates said.
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