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HARD BLUES AND SOUL QUEEN TACKLES ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN
Living proof that classic soul is as durable a style as any brand of American music." - New York Times
LaVette sings as if she's been backed into a corner and relishes the sensation." - Village Voice
Bettye LaVette, the 45-plus-year veteran of American soul music, has filmed a new video for her poignant re-interpretation of the Elton John classic Talking Old Soldiers," a somber gem from John's Tumbleweed Connection that appears on LaVette's Grammy nominated The Scene of the Crime. It was filmed by Lex Halaby (The Frames, Atmosphere) in The Locker Room, a bar in her hometown of Detroit, MI, where she spent many a night feeling the things that appealed to her in the lyrics of the song. LaVette says she chose to record Talking Old Soldiers," because it is a true segment of my life."
The Old Soldiers Tour" has seen LaVette at the Telluride Jazz Celebration, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival and the inaugural Rothbury Festival, among dozens of other notable appearances. The tour continues up until the holiday season.
Betty LaVette Tour Dates
8/22/2008 - Century of Song - Bochum, GERMANY 8/24/2008 - Century of Song - Bochum, GERMANY 8/30/2008 - On The Waterfront Festival - Rockford, IL 8/31/2008 - Big Muddy Blues Festival - St. Louis, MO 9/7/2008 - Wachusett Mountain Blues Festival Wachusett, MA 9/20/2008 - Great Atlantic Blues and Beyond Festival - Halifax, NS CANADA 9/25/2008 - Ho Chunk Casino and Convention Center - Baraboo, WI 9/28/2008 - Bluebird Blues Festival - Largo, MD 10/4/2008 - Roots, Blues and BBQ Festival - Columbia, MO 10/18/2008 - Lake Eden Arts Festival - LEAF - Black Mountain, NC 11/14/2008 - Lucerne Blues Festival - Lucerne, SWITZERLAND
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.