Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bettye Lavette and Drive By Truckers / MP3 on Pitchfork

Now's about the time I'd give you a little background on Bettye LaVette, the seen-it-all soul singer who is three years and two albums into a comeback. But she doesn't need my help or anyone else's. A musical autobiography, "Before the Money Came (The Battle of Bettye LaVette)" recounts her childhood growing up poor, her early days in the business ("I was singing r&b back in 62, before you were born, and your momma, too").
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