It's been some 50 years since a teenaged Bettye LaVette stepped into a recording booth to make her first hit record (the Top 10 R&B single "My Man -- He's a Lovin' Man"). But the Detroit-bred singer remained pretty much a cult legend until just a few years ago, when she was rediscovered by a new generation of music lovers captivated with her alluring mix of soul, blues, folk, R&B, country and retro pop. Still a powerful live performer and active recording artist, LaVette's Grammy-nominated 2010 album, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
, finds her tackling classics by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and more. The record also includes her stirring rendition of The Who's "Love, Reign o'er Me," which brought raves when she sang it at the band's Kennedy Center Honors concert. Imani Uzuri will open this show at SOPAC.
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