Bettye LaVette, The Scene of the Crime (2007)
I saw Bettye LaVette in concert close to 20 years ago – she was a nobody in a way, she’d had the first phase of her career and hadn’t yet had the mighty comeback. But shit she was good! It was obvious she was a ferocious talent. And a year or two after that gig she was climbing back into view with a run of great albums that continues to this day (or until last year at least, at this point). In the middle of that “comeback” was this – an album that featured Drive-By Truckers as the backing band, with Spooner Oldham on the keys and songs by Willie Nelson and Eddie Hinton and John Hiatt and Elton John. Super great album, super great swampy grooves. Super great songs and singing. So good!
Sample Track: Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
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