Today 03:31 PM

Bettye LaVette Has No ‘Plan B’ for Self-Titled New Album


The Blues Hall of Famer shared the record's lead single and announced tour dates on Wednesday



Legendary singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette announced her upcoming new album, titled LaVette!, and released its lead single, “Plan B,” on Wednesday. The icon also shared dates for a U.S. summer tour, starting with Seattle, Washington on June 20.

LaVette! is produced by Steve Jordan for his label with Meegan Voss, Jay-Vee Records. Jordan also drums on the album and brought together a host of musicians for the project, featuring Pino Palladino on bass, Larry Campbell and Chris Bruce on guitars, and Leon Pendarvis on keyboard. “When I prepare a band for her, I make sure we have it together. When she joins us, we’re only gonna get one or two takes, because she puts her heart and soul into each performance,” said Jordan in a statement.

Guests on the record include John Mayer, Jon Batiste, Anthony Hamilton, Steve Winwood, Ray Parker Jr., Rev. Charles Hodges, James Carter, and Pedrito Martinez.

“Danglin’ on a string, mumblin’ a prayer/My mojo’s busted, and I ain’t got a spare,” sings LaVette on “Plan B,” who reminds us, “I might be crazy, but at least I’m free/But I ain’t worried ’bout it. I ain’t got no Plan B.” The powerhouse new track sets the icon’s signature voice against a soulful, blues guitar.

“I ain’t got no f*cking other plan,” LaVette said in a press release when remarking on her storied 61-year career, which began in 1960’s Detroit and resurged in the mid-2000’s with I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. LaVette! is set to release June 16, just four days before her summer tour kicks off.

The Blues Hall of Famer worked with songwriter Randall Bramblett for the new record. “I think he’s the best songwriter I’ve heard in the past 30 years,” said LaVette.

“I’m very happy with what we’ve done,” she added. “It is very, very difficult to please an old woman, but I’m nearly excited.”

Bettye LaVette Tour Dates

June 20 & 21 — Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
June 23 & 24 — Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage
July 7 — New York, NY @ City Winery
July 8 — Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery
July 9 — Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
July 11 — Red Bank, NJ @ The Vogel, Count Basie Center for the Arts
July 13 — Portsmouth, NH @ Jimmy’s Jazz Club
July 14 — Fall Rivers, MA @ The Narrows


Today 05:46 PM

VA-"Shrine Northern - The '60s Rarest Dance Label" [LP-Ace UK-4/28/2023]

Info & track listing from Ace Records-

Ace Records is proud to announce the purchase of the Shrine label and Eddie Singleton’s independent productions.
To celebrate we have compiled an album of the very best dance recordings the label made in 1965 and 1966, primarily in Washington DC.
The business’s failure made this music incredibly hard to find for record collectors and Shrine Records is rightly known as the rarest soul label.
It is much more than that though. The music was made by some one of the original founders of Motown, Raynoma Liles Gordy and her Motown-schooled cousin Mike Ossman, New York music business luminaries Eddie Singleton and Harry Bass and the up-and-coming talents of Washington’s Keni St Lewis and Maxx Kidd. The acts included the hugely respected Ray Pollard and fellow New Yorker J.D. Bryant, talented and established Washington and Baltimore acts Eddie Daye & The Four Bars, Bobby Reed and the Enjoyables. Importantly, they discovered and developed the local talent of the area in the shape of the Cautions, Les Chansonettes, the Prophets and Shirley Edwards.
It took decades for UK Northern Soul fans to realise the significance of the label. It finally clicked for Stafford’s Top Of The World all-nighter DJs who searched out the incredibly hard to find later releases and played them to the cult-following of the rare soul scene. The scarcity was caused by Shrine pressing up a batch of fourteen future singles but only getting a handful released before they folded. The vast majority of the later releases were destroyed in a warehouse fire or simply binned as stillborn commercial failures.
Such was the scarcity that when the first Shrine compilations were issued in 1990, the Prophets tracks from Eddie Singleton’s master tapes were assumed to be unreleased - until Shrine sleuth Andy Rix later obtained one from a group member.
The music captures the exuberance of soul music in its peak years. The rhythms are pounding, the vocals soaring and the songs positive and cleverly composed. Undeniably Motown-influenced, they never copy others’ songs but feature the group harmonies of New York City on the Counts, Enjoyables and Prophets singles, while the Ray Pollard and J.D. Bryant tracks have that city’s big ballad soul sound. Les Chansonettes and the D C Blossoms are shimmering femme group sounds at their most tantalising.
The label produced soul in many shades but here we’ve concentrated on its in-house dance specialties. Don’t worry about the price-tags; just listen to that quality.
Side One-

  • 01 Guess Who Loves You - Eddie Daye & The 4 Bars
  • 02 No Other Way - The Cautions
  • 03 Baby Don't Leave Me - Bobby Reed
  • 04 Don' t Let Him Hurt You - Les Chansonettes
  • 05 Hey Boy - The D C Blossoms
  • 06 If I Had [One Gold Piece] - The Prophets
  • 07 Dream My Heart - Shirley Edwards
  • Side Two-
  • 01 Stop Overlooking Me - The Cairos
  • 02 Shame - The Enjoyables
  • 03 I Won't Be Coming Back - J.D. Bryant
  • 04 My Only Love - The Counts
  • 05 I Won' t Believe It Till I See It - Little Bobby Parker
  • 06 Takin' My Time - Leroy Taylor & The Four Kays
  • 07 This Time [I'm Gonna Be True] - Ray Pollard

Various Artists [Shrine Records] - SHRINE NORTHERN - THE 60s RAREST DANCE LABEL - Ace Records

Today 04:50 PM

Motorcity forum

Should there be a separate forum for Motorcity recordings discussion? It seems to have taken over the main Motown forum in recent times, and seems to be lots and lots of posts by the same few people. Just thinking…..
03-27-2023 11:48 PM

Motorcity "DIVAS" And Other Fun Releases! - Philles/Motown Gary

The fun thing about Motorcity Various-Artists collections is that they were often-times based on a theme. One such example is the 2-CD "DIVAS" collection and the Tribute to H-D-H collection, among others. Enjoy!

Philles/Motown Gary
Today 08:50 AM


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