Life in Music inspired by Joe Henry

donderdag 13 november 2014

'Worthy' By Bettye Lavette

Info on Bettye Lavette's new album is coming in

releasedate : January 27, 2015

On the album we will find also Bettye's version of the Joe Henry song  'stop'.

On Worthy, Bettye revisits Dylan with the opening track Unbelievable, with a funky urgency introduced into the song, not present in the original. On When I Was a Young Girl, she slides effortlessly into a slinky groove which Chris Youlden of Savoy Brown probably never imagined. Bless Us All is as relevant now as when Mickey Newbury wrote it decades ago, while her rendition of Joe Henry's own Stop is jazzy, soulful and reminds one not to dare try to stop her. The musicians on the album all brought their A-game to the plate: Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion, Doyle Bramall II on guitar, Chris Bruce on bass and Patrick Warren on Piano, Hammond organ and Chamberlin.

Worthy is comprised of a special selection of songs making for an extremely reflective, visceral, yet at the same time, vulnerable album. Where a Life Goes is a conversation between Bettye and her deceased sister. When she sings the Lennon/McCartney track Wait and the title track Worthy, Bettye is at her most insightful and satisfied. Perhaps, the most heart-wrenching tunes of the lot may be Undamned filled with quiet desperation, and Just Between You and Me and the Wall You're a Fool, on which she wears her tattered and battered heart on her sleeve.


  • Unbelievable
  • When I Was A Young Girl
  • Bless Us All
  • Stop
  • Undamned
  • Complicated
  • Where A Life Goes
  • Just Between You And Me And The Wall You're a Fool
  • Wait
  • Step Away
  • Worthy

There will also be a Deluxe Edition which also includes a live DVD of a Lavette concert from June 2014 at the Jazz Cafe in London.

Update January 3, 2015
Great article on the recordings, technical info also. 

Update January 13, 2015
Interview with Bettye Lavette for Deep Soul Express  with an entire song analysis.

About hooking u again with Joe :
“We’ve always talked about doing another album, but the company kept coming up with other ideas. When we met at Carnegie Hall, at the Paul Simon tribute, a while back, we thought that it would be a good idea to do it now.” 

About "Stop" :
I had asked to do it on the first Anti- thing, but then they decided it was going to be all women songs.  The next thing was with Drive-By Truckers, and they didn’t want Stop on that.  The next thing was the British songs, and of course it wasn’t going on that.  On the last one the producer himself didn’t want it on it, so now I said ‘okay Joe, I’m gonna bring up a tune I’ve been trying to bring up for ten years and see, if you go for it’.  He said ‘well, I’m not going to turn it down’.” 

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