Bettye LaVette can break your heart, whip your ass, and then make your day before she gets through one line of a song. For far too many years, LaVette was the buried gem that should have been glittering at the […]
When Bettye LaVette opens her mouth, you can see down into her soul. She’s willing to allow you that glimpse, but be careful how you describe what you witness. “I am a rhythm and blues singer,” she says to those […]
One the things I have tried to do with the new and upcoming releases theme of this column to give some exposure to artists and their outstanding albums that might otherwise might either fall through the cracks or not get […]
This week we take in some of the outstanding pictures our ND photographers have posted during the past couple of weeks. It’s a nice selection of established folks, including some I have not seen in awhile, with some fresh newer […]
Like the Oscars, the Grammys have a tortured history. Each began not so much to reward outstanding efforts in their respective areas, but rather as a self-congratulatory promotional event that somewhat cynically purports to reward art. Sometimes they do reward the […]
It doesn’t matter who wrote it, or who sang it. Once Bettye LaVette gets hold of it, it’s hers. You never have any trouble understanding where she’s coming from. Her enunciation is crisp as her intentions: to whack you over […]
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