In 2005, 60s soul diva Bettye Lavette suddenly reappeared on the scene with her much-lauded comeback album, "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise," a collection of covers by the like of Sinead O Connor and Aimee Mann sung in LaVette's distinctive gorgeous rasp. LaVette has the gift of making the the most trivial song sound like the most important thing that has ever gone down, as exemplified by her very entertaining version of Kenny Rogers' "What condition my condition was in."
Five years deep into her comeback finds LaVette promoting her new record: "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook." It's a worthy return to the tradition of R&B singers covering British Invasion rock groups ala Otis Redding doing "Satisfaction.". But what is special about this collection, is that Robert Plant - whose Led Zeppelin tune "All My Love" is among the tunes covered - is presenting LaVette's tribute as his opening act at Bayfront Saturday Night. That Plant thought highly enough of a cover tune to bring it to his millions of fans worldwide, is reason enough for you to leave your house an hour early to catch LaVette.
Here's a clip of LaVette stealing the show at the Kennedy Center Honors with her version of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me."