BETTYE RISES AGAIN

A heartfelt singer keeps the faith

A cult soul singer with a fighter's spirit, Bettye LaVette first broke through in 1962 with the hit "My Man—He's A Lovin' Man." The Detroit scene snapped up the then-16-year-old, but tours with Otis Redding and James Brown fizzled into record label friction and a string of bad luck with album contracts. But she persevered, charted occasionally, and was vindicated with 2005's I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, a curio triumph of a cappella poetry, gospel vibrancy, and serrated funk. Take note, Atlantic: You just can't keep a good woman down.
Sun., March 8, 9:30 p.m., 2009

 
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