The swaggering 61-year-old Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette has teamed with our favorite Southern rockers for her forthcoming album The Scene Of The Crime: 45 years after recording “My Man ? He’s A Lovin’ Man” at the age of 16, a lifetime since her ’65 single ?Let Me Down Easy,? and 35 years after her official 1972 debut Child Of The Seventies was shelved by Atlantic before it hit the shelves, she’s happily following-up her breakthrough 2005 collection I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise, which had her reinterpreting material by 10 female artists, from Sinéad O’Connor, Fiona Apple, and Aimee Mann to Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams, and Roseanne Cash.
On The Scene Of The Crime, the husky-voice LaVatte takes on everyone from Willie Nelson to internet abolitionist Elton John, imbuing even the stodgiest with soulful, jazz expressiveness. Hell, “You Don’t Know Me At All” manages to make Don Henley ballsy, transforming the balladeering Karaoke fodder of “You Don’t Know Me At All” into a defiant “fuck off.” Helping fan the fire, Drive-By Truckers lend the perfect blues-rock backdrop — here, and throughout the new record. Keyboardist Spooner Oldham and bassist David Hood (father of Truckers guitarist Patterson Hood) also lend instrumental assistance. David Hood’s not on this track, but LaVatte and the Truckers most definitely are.
Bettye LaVette (Feat. Drive-By Truckers) – “You Don’t Know Me At All” (MP3)
The Scene Of The Crime is out 09/25 on ANTI-.
[Yes we know Isbell’s no longer a Trucker. Couldn’t find a fitting photo without him! Plus … ya know, memories.]