I've Got My Own Hell to Raise

I've Got My Own Hell to Raise

by Bettye LaVetteBettye LaVette


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Are there any more authentic old-school divas with roots, passion, skill, and pure heart out there? The answer is yes, and her name is Bettye LaVette. Although she's put in her time -- the Detroit daughter toured with James Brown in the '60s and starred opposite Cab Calloway in the Broadway show Bubblin' Brown Sugar in the '70s -- LaVette is only now coming to wider public attention. It's not a minute too soon. This career-defining opus is a concept album of sorts, in that each track was written by a female songstress. So LaVette, whose raspy pipes remain in tip-top shape, tackles work by a wide swath of talent including Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams, Sinéad O'Connor, Aimee Mann, and Rosanne Cash. No matter how unlikely the source, LaVette brings a focused, heartfelt emotionality and intelligence to each song. With unadorned yet perfectly apt production supporting her vital performances, this died-in-the-wool R&B stylist makes her case for being one of today's most underrated vocalists. When you crave soulful crooning that comes straight from the gut, with sincerity and purity to spare, Bettye is ready to supply it. William Pearl

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2005
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778677221
catalogNumber: 86772
Rank: 3523

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bettye LaVette   Primary Artist,Vocals
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Bryan   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Lisa Coleman   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Niki Haris   Background Vocals
Earl Harvin   Drums
David Piltch   Double Bass,Upright Bass
Valerie Watson   Background Vocals
Doyle Bramhall   Electric Guitar
Valerie Watson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rosanne Cash   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Joan Armatrading   Composer
Elvis Costello   Author
Bonnie Raitt   Author
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Joe Henry   Producer
Aimee Mann   Composer
Jon Brion   Composer
Andy Kaulkin   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Sinéad O'Connor   Composer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Sharon Robinson   Composer

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