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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Gramofono Sound Label artist: Will Porter - Tick Tock Tick - New release review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tick Tock Tick, from Will Porter and it's a cool slice of music. Opening with title track, Tick Tock Tick, a Dr John track features the Dr with his Will Porter with his soulful lead vocal, backed by Thaddeus Richard on keys, Todd Duke on guitars, Brian Brian Quezergue on bass and and Bunchy Johnson on drums. My favorite track on the release is original Why Do We get Blue? which is a stellar showcase for Porter's voice and backing vocals by The Womack Brothers and with a tasty baritone guitar solo Jimmy Haslip. Ike turner's funky, I'm Blue, is really pumped up with super horn work by Mic Gilette and Johnnie Bamont. Solid blues, I Can Do Bad By Myself is another favorite with deep roots, featuring sreat soulful vocal by Porter, warm keys by Richard, powerful horns by Gilette and Bamont and strong guitar soloing by Leo Nocentelli. Very nice. Smooth jazz ballad, Don't Go To Strangers has the strings and the warmth but the baritone guitar solo by Haslip gives the track real traction. Wrapping the release is Everything's Gonna Be Alright, a strong radio candidate with R&B bones and featuring lead vocal by Porter and The Womack Brothers providing essential backing vocals with a potent bass line by Quezergue and tight rhythms by Doug Belote. 


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Bettye LaVette plays London JazzCafe on Tuesday December 11


Celebrates 50 Years in Music

New Album: "Thankful N' Thoughtful"
UK Release Date: Monday 1st October 2012
December 2012 European Tour Announced
R&B legend Bettye LaVette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her new album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful, released by ANTI-Records in the UK on Monday 1st October.
Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), Thankful N’ Thoughtful features a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others.
Bettye consumes the songs in their entirety, rearranges them deep within her soul and exorcises them as her own, through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory.
If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE” Bettye’s voice is rough, tender, and sensuous. Her voice is her instrument of inspiration; her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.
Bettye will support the European release of the album with a string of concerts in the UK and Europe during December 2012. She will perform one date in the UK only at the London’s JazzCafe.
JazzCafe, London
Tuesday 11th December 2012

Tickets from: £22.50 / Doors 19:00
Table Reservations: 0207 688 8899
Ticketmaster: 0844 847 2514, See Tickets: 0870 0603 777
HMV Tickets: 0843 221 0100, JazzCafe Box Office: 0207 485 6834
Email:
boxoffice@jazzcafe.co.uk / www.jazzcafe.co.uk
JazzCafe, 5, Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Thankful N’ Thoughtful opens with the funk injected Bob Dylan cut Everything Is Broken and when Bettye moans and howls the title refrain you have no doubt as to the trouble she’s seen.
On Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, she slows it down just a bit, then wrings every drop of sweat and blood from each and every syllable till your spine tingles, with Dirty Old Town (The Pogues/Rod Stewart), Bettye reworks the lyrical setting to Detroit - singing about her first love at Northern High and the Detroit race riots.
When she takes on The Black Keys’ I’m Not The One, the sensual grit of the song sizzles with her all-knowing rasp. “I’m Not the One” is now available at all digital outlets and the video can be seen below.
Bettye LaVette sings The Black Keys' "I'm Not The One"
Every song here is a testament to her life and her unrivaled skill for interpretation. By the time Bettye’s finished recording a track, she has fully inhabited the body and soul of the song. From Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, to Savoy Brown’s I’m Tired to the title track Thankful N’ Thoughtful, a lesser known gem by Sly & The Family Stone, Bettye expels every word with such visceral passion, you can feel her in the present moment.
From my ankle to the top of my head
I’ve taken many chances, Lord
And I could have been dead
I started climbing from the bottom
All the way to the top
Before I knew it I was up there
Ya’ll can believe it or not
And that’s why I’m so thankful
Lord and I’m thoughtful
I think about it all the time
I’m trying to tell ya that I’m thankful
And I’m thoughtful”

Bettye LaVette - Thankful N' Thoughtful
Track Listing
1. Everything is Broken (Bob Dylan)
2. I’m Not the One
(Daniel Auerbach/Patrick Carney)
3. Dirty Old Town
(Ewan MacColl)
4. The More I Search (The More I Die)
(Kim McLean)
5. I’m Tired
(Chris Youlden)
6. Crazy
(Brian Burton/Thomas Callaway/Gian Piero Reverberi/Gian Franco Reverberi)
7. Yesterday Is Here
(Tom Waits)
8. Thankful N’ Thoughtful
(Sly & The Family Stone)
9. Fair Enough
(Beth Nielsen Chapman)
10. Time Will Do the Talking
(Patty Griffin)
11. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
(Neil Young)
12. Dirty Old Town
(slow version)
Musicians
Bettye LaVette – vocals
Chris Bruce - guitars
Jonathan Wilson - guitars, banjo
Glenn Patscha - piano, keys, backing vocals on "Crazy"
Jennifer Condos - bass
JJ Johnson - drums, percussion
Steven Bernstein - brass on "Yesterday Is Here"
Douglas Wieselman - reeds on "Yesterday Is Here"
Bettye LaVette - UK/European Tour Dates 2012
05 Dec – Paris (FR) - The Alhambra
07 Dec – Bordeaux (FR) - Casino de Bordeaux
08 Dec - Conflans-Saint-Honorine (FR) - Theatre Simone Signoret
09 Dec – Lille (FR) - Casino de Lille
11 Dec – London (UK) – London JazzCafe
14 Dec – Leuven (BE) - Depot
16 Dec – Amsterdam (NL) – MC Theater
17 Dec – Utrecht, (NL) – Tivoli Oudegracht
Bettye LaVette Web Links
Betty LaVette - Official Website
www.bettyelavette.com
Betty LaVette - Official Facebook
www.facebook.com/bettyelavette
Betty LaVette - Official Twitter
https://twitter.com/BettyeLaVette
Betty LaVette - ANTI-Records Page
www.anti.com
Bettye’s explosive autobiography, A Woman Like Me, will be available from Amazon and iBooks on 27th September 2012
 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bettye LaVette celebrates 50 years with new album 'Thankful N' Thoughtful'


Celebrates 50 Years in Music

New Album: "Thankful N' Thoughtful"
UK Release Date: Monday 1st October 2012

December 2012 European Tour Announced


R&B legend Bettye LaVette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her new album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful, released by ANTI-Records in the UK on Monday 1st October.

Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), Thankful N’ Thoughtful features a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others.

Bettye consumes the songs in their entirety, rearranges them deep within her soul and exorcises them as her own, through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory.

Bettye’s voice is rough, tender, and sensuous. Her voice is her instrument of inspiration; her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.

Bettye will support the European release of the album with a string of concerts in the UK and Europe during December 2012. She will perform one date in the UK only at the London’s JazzCafe.

JazzCafe, London
Tuesday 11th December 2012

Tickets from: £22.50 / Doors 19:00
Table Reservations: 0207 688 8899
Ticketmaster: 0844 847 2514, See Tickets: 0870 0603 777
HMV Tickets: 0843 221 0100, JazzCafe Box Office: 0207 485 6834
Email:
boxoffice@jazzcafe.co.uk / www.jazzcafe.co.uk
JazzCafe, 5, Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG

Thankful N’ Thoughtful opens with the funk injected Bob Dylan cut Everything Is Broken and when Bettye moans and howls the title refrain you have no doubt as to the trouble she’s seen.

On Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, she slows it down just a bit, then wrings every drop of sweat and blood from each and every syllable till your spine tingles, with Dirty Old Town (The Pogues/Rod Stewart), Bettye reworks the lyrical setting to Detroit - singing about her first love at Northern High and the Detroit race riots.

When she takes on The Black Keys’ I’m Not The One, the sensual grit of the song sizzles with her all-knowing rasp. “I’m Not the One” is now available at all digital outlets and the video can be seen below.

Bettye LaVette sings The Black Keys' "I'm Not The One"




Every song here is a testament to her life and her unrivaled skill for interpretation. By the time Bettye’s finished recording a track, she has fully inhabited the body and soul of the song. From Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, to Savoy Brown’s I’m Tired to the title track Thankful N’ Thoughtful, a lesser known gem by Sly & The Family Stone, Bettye expels every word with such visceral passion, you can feel her in the present moment.

From my ankle to the top of my head
I’ve taken many chances, Lord
And I could have been dead
I started climbing from the bottom
All the way to the top
Before I knew it I was up there
Ya’ll can believe it or not
And that’s why I’m so thankful
Lord and I’m thoughtful
I think about it all the time
I’m trying to tell ya that I’m thankful
And I’m thoughtful”

Bettye LaVette - Thankful N' Thoughtful

Track Listing

1. Everything is Broken (Bob Dylan)
2. I’m Not the One
(Daniel Auerbach/Patrick Carney)
3. Dirty Old Town
(Ewan MacColl)
4. The More I Search (The More I Die)
(Kim McLean)
5. I’m Tired
(Chris Youlden)
6. Crazy
(Brian Burton/Thomas Callaway/Gian Piero Reverberi/Gian Franco Reverberi)
7. Yesterday Is Here
(Tom Waits)
8. Thankful N’ Thoughtful
(Sly & The Family Stone)
9. Fair Enough
(Beth Nielsen Chapman)
10. Time Will Do the Talking
(Patty Griffin)
11. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
(Neil Young)
12. Dirty Old Town
(slow version)

Musicians

Bettye LaVette – vocals
Chris Bruce - guitars
Jonathan Wilson - guitars, banjo
Glenn Patscha - piano, keys, backing vocals on "Crazy"
Jennifer Condos - bass
JJ Johnson - drums, percussion
Steven Bernstein - brass on "Yesterday Is Here"
Douglas Wieselman - reeds on "Yesterday Is Here"

Bettye LaVette - UK/European Tour Dates 2012

05 Dec – Paris (FR) - The Alhambra
07 Dec – Bordeaux (FR) - Casino de Bordeaux
08 Dec - Conflans-Saint-Honorine (FR) - Theatre Simone Signoret
09 Dec – Lille (FR) - Casino de Lille
11 Dec – London (UK) – London JazzCafe
14 Dec – Leuven (BE) - Depot
16 Dec – Amsterdam (NL) – MC Theater
17 Dec – Utrecht, (NL) – Tivoli Oudegracht


Bettye LaVette Web Links

Betty LaVette - Official Website
www.bettyelavette.com

Betty LaVette - Official Facebook
www.facebook.com/bettyelavette

Betty LaVette - Official Twitter
https://twitter.com/BettyeLaVette

Betty LaVette - ANTI-Records Page
www.anti.com

Bettye’s explosive autobiography, A Woman Like Me, will be available from Amazon and iBooks on 27th September 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Your Turn To Cry - Bettye LaVette


Bettye LaVette (born Betty Haskins, January 29, 1946) is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.
LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parents' living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, "My Man - He's a Lovin' Man", with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn, and then-newcomer Otis Redding.
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